TriCounty Bob Darling's Richwoods Knights captured the school's 1st sectional title since 1992 enroute to a 4th place finish in the boys IHSA state tournament.
Darling, coming here from Decatur McArthur, posted a 26-7 campaign to help push his current 5 season record at the northside school to an impressive 90-47. He won the hearts of fans statewide by rewarding his non-playing seniors with all the playing time in the state tourney consolation game.
Bob's high school career record now stands at 138-82 in a total of nine seasons
Currently on the PGSL board of directors, he established and coached three Amateur Softball Association teams for three age groups.
He coached in-house PGSL softball teams and coached a summer All-Star team of 15-16 year olds that won a state tournament in 1996 and finished fourth in 1997. He also assisted with various levels of basketball for PGSL.
After several years in retirement he is still donating a ton of time, money and equipment to many sports programs in the area.
He is still the official scorekeeper for Bradley's women's basketball team and is heavily involved at Manual as an assistant softball coach along with being scorekeeper and statistics keeper.
Coach, scorekeeper, public address announcer, statistician, organizer - you name it and Dale White has done it, and is still doing much of it, to help the boys and girls of Peoria develop the enjoyment of sports.
Bob Darling's Richwoods Knights captured the school's 1st sectional title since 1992 enroute to a 4th place finish in the boys IHSA state tournament.
|Dawdy Hawkins |
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states. His Lincoln Northeast High School team won a Nebraska state prep crown in 1948, just before he left to take over at Peoria Central. He quickly forged a powerhouse at Central, his 1952-53 team, led by brilliant center Hiles Stout, making it to the championship game of the Illinois state finals at the University of Illinois' old Huff Gym before bowing to LaGrange, 71-60. Hawkins took three other Peoria Central teams to the state tournament (1954, 56, 59) and then, switching to Pekin, had five other state appearances (1964, 65, 66, 67, 73), including state championship teams in 1964 and 1967.