TriCounty Renee Heiken, now a Senior at Metamora High School, is one of the state's and nation's top young golfers. She continued her victory March in 1989, winning the Peoria Women's City title for the third time, as well as the State High School and State Junior Championships.
Perhaps no one has won more championships in golf at such a young age as Renee. That she will be one of the brightest coming stars in golf is a safe prediction.
The youngest Peoria Women's City Champion ever at 15, Renee's conquests have been many including the Illinois Big "I" State Championships, four Illinois PGA State Junior Girls Championships, National PGA Junior Qualifying Tournaments, IHSA Girls State Golf Titles, and numerous other IHSA Regional and Sectional Titles; plus, she also qualified for the Women's State Amateur and was a semi-finalist.
A third time selection as a Tri-County Sports Figure, Renee was named to the American Junior Golf Association's Rolex All-American Team, and she was recently named to Golf Magazine's 10-Women All-American team for the second consecutive year.
Renee Heiken, now a Senior at Metamora High School, is one of the state's and nation's top young golfers. She continued her victory March in 1989, winning the Peoria Women's City title for the third time, as well as the State High School and State Junior Championships.
Jim Querciagrossa was a wrestling coach at Woodruff High School from 1968-1992. He guided his grapplers to 36 individual conference titles and 64 individual regional championships. 151 boys qualified for sectional competition and 19 qualified for State matches, eight of whom earned a medal. One of his wrestlers, Jeff Sutherland, was a State Champion in 1990 at 160 lbs. His teams combined for an impressive 303-102-6 record in dual meets with five conference, 14 city championships, and four regional championships. He coached 22 winning seasons. In his final season the Warriors strung together 24 consecutive dual meet wins before losing in the Class AA state competition. Jim was named Central Illinois Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1992. He has been inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Association and Woodruff High School Halls of Fame. “Coach Q” sparked interest in wrestling with younger boys by hosting the area’s first Kids Wrestling Tournament in 1978, and beginning in 1969, he hosted the Peoria Freshmen Tourney for 42 years.