Inductees PEORIA MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL made its tenth trip to the state high school baseball finals and won its third title under coach Ed Stonebock in 1968 at Peoria's Meinen Field.
The Rams, led by pitchers Duane Demmin and Tim Anderson who alternated between the mound and first base, finished with a 27-3.
During the regular season Demmin went 10-1, allowed only 41 hits in 72 innings and fanned 89. Anderson was 9-1, gave just 49 hits in 70 innings and whiffed 73. Demmin also hit .373, hit four home runs and had 18 RBI while Anderson hit .310 Nith six extra base hits. Shortstop Terry Gualandi batted .308 with 13 extra base hits including three homers and 23 RBI and center fielder Tony Montle had 23 hits while hitting .268.
Manual won the Limestone District with a 4-0 win over Limestone and then turned back Pekin 3-0 and Bergan 3-1 to win the Pekin Regional and advance to the state.
Demmin gave just four hits in an opening 7-4 win over Morton West and Anderson stopped Niles East 8-3 in the semi-finals. Dick Trau, who had pitched only eight innings during the season, started the title game against Rockford Guilford, Ed Satterfield relieved him followed by Demmin and Manual won easily, 9-3.
Gualandi, who went 6-for-11 with three RBIs, was named the tourney MVP. Also making the all-tournament team were Demmin, who gave five hits and four runs in 9.2 innings; catcher Dan Cassidv and outfielder Mike Tonsor who went 3-for-6 with four walks and four RBI.
PEORIA MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL made its tenth trip to the state high school baseball finals and won its third title under coach Ed Stonebock in 1968 at Peoria's Meinen Field.
1947 Pekin Basketballl Team
Row 1: left to right, Mgr. Jim Lee, Bert Van Horn, Dave Hughes, Jack Miller, Chuck Busby, Herb Gerecke, John Rose.
The 1947 and 1948 Pekin Basketball Teams had many similarities at the time. Both teams were led by head coach Jim Lewis and assistant coach John Moss. Both teams won more games combined (59) in a two year period than any other Pekin teams at that time. Six players; Don Ehrett, Herb Gerecke, Howie Harris, Bert Van Horn, Chuck Busby, and Jay Nelson played on both squads that placed 4th in state in 1947 and 3rd in state in 1948. Both teams were their respective season’s Greater Peoria Conference Champs and were ranked in the top ten in the regular season basketball poll; #10 in 1947 and #1 in 1948. In 1948, Herb Gerecke was named to the Chicago Daily News all-state team and 6-2 senior, Chuck Busby (top vote getter), Bob Watson, Jay Nelson, and Herb Gerecke were voted to the all-state tournament squad.