TriCounty Tammy Van Oppen, voted the Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year, had a Bradley basketball career that will be surpassed only with great difficulty. "She leaves the Hilltop," says the 1997-98 Bradley women's basketball press guide, "as arguably the best all-around player in the history of the program."
The 6-foot-1 former Limestone High School standout (she was named Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year in 1992) forged a truly dream career:
She was selected to the 1996-97 All-Missouri Valley Conference defensive team and all-conference tournament team. She was Bradley Athlete of the Year. She recorded the first "triple double" in the history of the women's or men's basketball program.
She also led Bradley in scoring and rebounding in her two varsity seasons (she started her career at South Florida) and also led the Lady Braves in assists and steals in her senior year. She was an NCAA Woman of the Year Award nominee.
At Limestone she was voted Illinois Miss Basketball when she led Limestone to a 32-1 record and second place in the state.
Tammy Van Oppen, voted the Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year, had a Bradley basketball career that will be surpassed only with great difficulty. "She leaves the Hilltop," says the 1997-98 Bradley women's basketball press guide, "as arguably the best all-around player in the history of the program."
|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.