TriCounty A former athlete at Notre Dame High School (when it was Bergan), Cindy Clark returned to coach her alma mater's basketball team to its first appearance ever in the Class AA state basketball finals.
Ending the season with a 24-5 record while winning the Galesburg sectional, the Limestone super-sectional and Mid-State 6 conference title, Clark was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year for 1994.
She began the current basketball season with a 109-58 record in six years at Notre Dame and was 156-93 for nine years of coaching overall.
She has a 141-48 record in volleyball, her 1994 volleyball team winning a third consecutive Mid-State 6 title and third straight Class AA regional crown.
A former Illinois Central College and St. Ambrose athlete, she played softball and basketball at both schools. She made the all-regional basketball team at ICC in 1979 and all-regional softball teams in 1979 and 1980.
A former athlete at Notre Dame High School (when it was Bergan), Cindy Clark returned to coach her alma mater's basketball team to its first appearance ever in the Class AA state basketball finals.
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.