Inductees For 35 football seasons Rod Butler coached in the college and high school game and few had more success.
His largest impact on the local grid scene was the nine seasons he spent as head coach at Richwoods High School after taking over from Tom Peeler.
His Knight teams went 90-15 with eight of the losses coming in the state playoffs. All nine of his teams made post-season play, his 1988 team winning the 5A championship.
And he could have won a couple more state titles. A pair of one-point losses were all the stood between Richwoods and three consecutive championships in the 1987-89 period.
Butler spent nine seasons as an assistant at Illinois State and Morehead State and ten more as an aide at Richwoods and Limestone.
He went 18-7-2 in three seasons as head coach at Princeton High School and alter retiring at Richwoods, taught part-time at East Peoria High School and coached the Red Raider football team.
His teams there went 0-8, 2-7, 3-6, and 5-4, the final year the first winning season for the school in nine years. He then retired from coaching for good.
For 35 football seasons Rod Butler coached in the college and high school game and few had more success.
Hockey was a sport local fans could watch only if they went to Chicago or St. Louis until BardezBanian founded the Peoria Stars in 1959.
The two were with the Pekin Stars until 1970, when they formed the Peoria Blades, on the outdoor rink at Logan, in 1971. The Logan "bubble" went up the next year and the Blades, through membership in the Continental League, gave Peoria a solid taste of hockey.
BardezBanian played with the Blades for a few years, then became president while Olson always served as the team's general manager.
And the two gave hockey a boost whenever they could. BardezBanian coached the Bradley University club team for many years and both were instrumental in starting and maintaining youth hockey in Pekin and Peoria.
Both are now retired, Olson from Caterpillar's Mossville plant and BardezBanian from a management position with the City of Peoria.