TriCounty The Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure for 1990 is 25-year-old Tony Wysinger of Peoria, a superb athlete now excelling in his second sport.
First known for his basketball prowess, it was his skill as a bowler that earned him his Tri-County award.
A stand-out basketball player at Central High School and the University of Illinois, and currently a part-time coach for Bradley, Wysinger has also been an accomplished bowler for several years. He hit his peak last December 10 when he produced the biggest series in the history of the Greater Peoria Bowling Association.
Bowling for Paul's Pipe Shop at Mount Hawley Bowl, Wysinger put together a 852 series on games of 300, 255, and 297. And early this year, he bowled a second 300 game.
Wysinger bowls in three leagues and at the time of his big series was averaging over 200 in all three.
Tony paced the Central Lions to a second place finish in the 1983 state basketball tournament. He was also named to the five-man little AllAmerican team as a senior at the University of Illinois.
During his historic series, he had strikes in all frames but four and missed a second 300 game when his final bowl clipped the head pin and left three pins standing.
He has been a spokesman for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the past five years.
The Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure for 1990 is 25-year-old Tony Wysinger of Peoria, a superb athlete now excelling in his second sport.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.