Inductees Bill Lofgren is simply the most talented male tennis player to come out of Peoria: a standout high school player at Peoria Central, a brilliant college performer at Bradley University, and a world ranked Grand Prix player who has competed in every major tournament in the world.
Lofgren drew the attention of the collegiate tennis world during his three varsity years at Bradley when he compiled a 66-7 singles record, including 26-1 as a sophomore, and won the Missouri Valley Conference singles title in 1968.
By 1975, after a stint as head tennis professional at the Carolina Country Club, he joined the Men's Grand Prix circuit and participated in all of the major championships in the world.
He competed in the four Grand Slam events: Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the French Championship and the Australian Open. His schedule also included stops in South Africa, the Phillipines, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Nottingham, the Newport Grass championships, the National Clay court championships, Madrid, Tehran and the Woodlands Doubles championships.
He was ranked 132nd in the world by ATP and continued to compete world wide through 1978. He was named to the Bradley University Hall of Fame in 1978.
At the time of his induction into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame he was head tennis professional at the prestigious Queen City Racquet Club in Cincinnati, a post he accepted in 1979.
Bill Lofgren is simply the most talented male tennis player to come out of Peoria: a standout high school player at Peoria Central, a brilliant college performer at Bradley University, and a world ranked Grand Prix player who has competed in every major tournament in the world.
At age 50, Don Wyss concluded a sensational 35-year career in the Sunday Morning League, the nation's oldest semiprofessional baseball league. He began playing in the league at the age of 15 and for the next 35 years he set records which will never be broken: As a Manager he won eight championships; set astounding career statistics as a hitter, attaining a 35-year batting average of .307; led the League in all-time statistics of most hits, doubles, triples, at bats and runs batted in; and as a pitcher won the pitching honors in 1973 with an 11-2 record. In addition, he served as Vice-President and President of the League for many years.