Inductees Tim Simpson was a 2 sport athlete at East Peoria with a combined career wrestling record of 157-4, including 3rd and 4th place IHSA state finishes. His first love was football, where he was a 4-year starter, 2-time All-conference and an All-Stater.
Choosing Illinois, the 6'2", 282 lb. offensive guard lettered 4 years, starting an Illini-record 48 games, including four post-season bowl games. Simpson was named to the 1st team American Football Coaches All-America squad in 1991 and was co-winner of the Illini Male Athlete of the Year award in 1992.
Selected by Cleveland in the 12th round (329th pick overall), Tim appeared in 4 NFL games with the 1994 Steelers. He later played with the Peoria Pirates, who won 2 league titles with Simpson on the roster.
Tim Simpson was a 2 sport athlete at East Peoria with a combined career wrestling record of 157-4, including 3rd and 4th place IHSA state finishes. His first love was football, where he was a 4-year starter, 2-time All-conference and an All-Stater.
1948 Pekin Basketballl Team
Back row, left to right: Don Ehrett, Bill Nelson, Dave Skillman, Coach Lewis, Don Hannan, Herbie Raab, Jim Ennis.
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.