Inductees The 1980 Bergan High School boys cross country team did the unprecedented at the IHSA state
finals at Detweiller Park.
Coach Mike Sullivan's Trojans became the first program in the five-year history of the Class A state
series to sweep individual AND team championships.
Senior Eric Volkert led the way, winning the 3-mile race in a time of 14 minutes, 46.9 seconds.
Junior Dan Ray and senior Jack Spring also earned all-state honors by placing 15th and 16th individually.
Junior Richard Spring and senior Bruce Kettler also figured in Bergan's team score of 89 points. Princeton, with 123, was runner-up for the second year in a row.
The team title was the first in any sport for Bergan, which opened in 1964.
Volkert went on to compete as a collegian at Augustana College in Rock Island, where his best efforts included a 3:48.85 in the 1,500-meter run. That's the equivalent of a 4:07.09 mile.
The 1980 Bergan High School boys cross country team did the unprecedented at the IHSA state
Gary Trotter began working with youth sports as early as his college days at Bradley University, when he coached boys' basketball at St. Marks grade school in the late`5Os. He continued by next working with freshman baseball at Peoria High School. Upon graduation in 1958, he entered the service and in 1960 he began working at Pleasant Hill grade school where he taught and coached the boys' sports. He holds great pride in the fact that he was able to coach a state championship basketball team during his stay at Pleasant Hill.