Inductees Doug Altenberger is a former Richwoods star who went on to a brilliant career at the University of Illinois.
He set a single game scoring mark among Peoria schools in 1982 against Pekin when he scored 55 points for the Knights, topping the old mark of 49 set by another Richwoods standout, Mark Smith.
At one time he held the University of Illinois' record for three-point accuracy with a .474 percentage and currently is No. 15 in all-time Illini scoring at 1,271 points. He was also No.8 in steals with 133 and ninth in assists.
He was named the IIlini's most valuable player during his junior year in the 1984-85 season and was a third team all-Big Ten selection in his senior year. A four-year starter, the Illini averaged 25 wins during his career.
Illinois coach Lou Henson on Altenberger, "Doug truly exemplified the total package student-athlete. He had the unique talent to inspire his teammates to reach for the next level. He issued challenges and they responded. The intense personal effort that he exerted made him one of the most hard-nosed defensive stoppers I've ever coached. His offensive skills are legendary, a three-point shooter before the inclusion of the three-point shot.
"Doug proved to be one of the most popular and well-respected athletes among the student body, his own teammates and IIlini fans. I consider Doug one of the finest young men I've ever coached."
Doug Altenberger is a former Richwoods star who went on to a brilliant career at the University of Illinois.
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.
Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.