Inductees Even in an era when Manual High School was known for its winning baseball teams, the 1950 Manual Baseball team stands out as one of the most powerful high school athletic squads in Peoria. The 1950 team won every game it played, winning the first of three state titles for Coach Eddie Stonebock.
Coming into the state tournament with a 22-0 record, the team won rather easily, defeating Bloomington 7-4, and Elgin 13-0. In the title game against LaGrange, Manual pitcher Bobby Schmitt tossed a brilliant game for one hit, 17 strikeouts, and a 6-0 win. Schmitt was 13-0 for the season, allowing only 23 hits in 80 innings, and fanning 162 batters. Dick Diekhoff led the team in hitting at .393 and pitcher Frank Hutt was 5-0 on the mound.
Other players on the 1950 squad were Elmo Petty, Bob Peake, Jim England, Jerry Meyers, Dick Echard, Jack Cullen, Frank Walraven, Dick Fahnestock, Bud Cassens, Gene Wailer, Lou Alcaraz, Earl Higgins, Bill Ricca, Neal Cook, Jerry Burk and Jack Closen.
Even in an era when Manual High School was known for its winning baseball teams, the 1950 Manual Baseball team stands out as one of the most powerful high school athletic squads in Peoria. The 1950 team won every game it played, winning the first of three state titles for Coach Eddie Stonebock.
1992 Limestone Girl's Basketball Team
Front row: Jennifer Doyle, Mgr.; Jennifer Koeppel; Melanie Herring; Kim Lord; Janet Carlson, Mgr.; Jessica Gross, Mgr.
The Limestone girls swept through the 1992 regular season with a 26-0 record. The team was Mid-Illini Conference champs, Limestone Tournament champs, and Dixon Tournament champs. The girls advanced to the title game with wins over Bloomington (68-54 in the super sectional), Buffalo Grove (74-47 in the quarterfinals) and La- Grange Lyons (52-50 in overtime in the semifinals). The only loss came in the championship game against Chicago Marshall 48-46. The girls set several records, especially in 3 point shooting at the state tournament. Tammy Van Oppen was chosen Ms. Basketball for the season. Jenny Koeppel, Tammy Van Oppen and Jamie Broadstone all went on to play Division 1 basketball. Rounding out the starting lineup was Wendy Reeves and Melissa Shryock. Coached by John Gross, the Limestone girls were noted for their trademark tenacious defense.