Inductees Not even two days of rain could keep the Dunlap High School golf team from winning the first Class A state championship by a local team in the 1983 tournament at Arrowhead Country Club.
Climaxing a season that saw the Ray Hassett coached Eagles post a 14-0 mark in dual meets, Dunlap took a 10-stroke lead over Elgin St. Edward, 321-331 in the rain drenched opening day and then came back on day two to win 644-649 over St. Edward.
The state title was a particularly happy thing for Hassett because he not only wrapped up a 21-year career at Dunlap, but had the fun of coaching his twin sons on the way to the state title.
Tim Murphy shot a 77 to lead Dunlap on the first day, a round that would be the best for the Eagles in winning the state.
Jeff Hassett fired a 79, Gregg Simpson an 80, Mike Sullivan an 85, Scott Hassett 88 and Doug Brodine 90 on the first 18. St. Edward cut five strokes off the lead on Day Two as Sullivan shot 79, Jeff Hassett 82, Simpson 79, Scott Hassett 83, Murphy 84 and Brodine 92.
The low four scores counted in the team's total each day.
Earlier, Dunlap had won the 22-team Taylorville tournament, the 12-team Carlinville event and the 13-team Petersburg tourney. The Eagles were also second at Havana and third at Monmouth.
On the way to state Dunlap was third in regional play with Jeff Hassett finishing fourth and was second in the sectional where Jeff Hassett was ninth.
Not even two days of rain could keep the Dunlap High School golf team from winning the first Class A state championship by a local team in the 1983 tournament at Arrowhead Country Club.
|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.