Inductees Typically a mid-to-lower level team in the rugged Mid-State 10 Conference, Bergan, the smaller of Peoria’s two Catholic high schools had a good team in ’79-’80. Led by 6-foot-7 junior center Scott McCabe and 6-1 senior guard Tom Gilles, Bergan finished 11-7 in the conference, including season sweeps of Manual and rival Spalding.
When the postseason brackets were announced, Bergan had slipped into Class A. Its enrollment of 723 was 27 below the A/AA cutoff. Bergan blazed through the Dunlap Regional with victories over the host Eagles (84-62), Elmwood (68-51) and Peoria Heights (82-44). Bergan stormed the Bushnell Sectional, toppling Sciota Northwestern (68-38) and Monmouth (74-61).
Their five postseason wins were by an average of 24 points. Things weren't so easy in the Moline Supersectional, though. The Trojans faced Sterling Newman (23-5), but Bergan came out on top 56-55. It was the defining moment for a magical season.
The Trojans advanced to the Class A Elite Eight, where they defeated Gibson City, 66-55, in the state quarterfinals in Champaign. A 57-51 win over Madison in the semifinals put Bergan in its first state title game, where it fell to Chicago Luther South, 56-51.Their final record was 23-9. Their second place in State was Bergan’s best in school history.
Typically a mid-to-lower level team in the rugged Mid-State 10 Conference, Bergan, the smaller of Peoria’s two Catholic high schools had a good team in ’79-’80. Led by 6-foot-7 junior center Scott McCabe and 6-1 senior guard Tom Gilles, Bergan finished 11-7 in the conference, including season sweeps of Manual and rival Spalding.
|Jerry & Elaine Reibling|
For four decades Jerry and Elaine have volunteered their time and effort to benefit the runners competing in events within the Tri-County. Just prior to Jerry’s induction into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame in 2015, the race’s co-founder, Steve Shostrom said, “Jerry and Elaine are treasures in the running community. They have made substantial, lasting contributions to the Steamboat Classic and the Illinois Valley Striders over the years. They have worked tirelessly at countless local races through heat, rain, ice, snow and wind to get quick, accurate results for runners of all ages and abilities." Jerry was involved with the Steamboat Classic for 35 years and Elaine has been a part of the Race for the Cure for about 30 years. Married over 50 years, the Rieblings helped pioneer the transformation from hand timing to computerized timing for the major running events in the Tri-County area. In addition to the Steamboat Classic and Race for the Cure, they have served at the following events over their decades of service: the IHSA State Cross Country Meet; Illinois Valley Striders events; countless high school invitationals including the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational (Peoria Notre Dame) and the Peoria High Invitational at Detweiler Park; and Bradley University and the University of Illinois cross country meets and invitationals. Jerry has also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run and running the satellite event from Canton to Peoria. The dedication and passion of Jerry and Elaine for these events has enabled thousands of others to experience achievement and enjoyment while competing in running events.