TriCounty Tim Broe came out of East Peoria High School to become perhaps the most successful long-distance runner in local prep circles.
When he won the 3200 meter event in the Class AA state track meet last spring he completed a track-cross country sweep that is unparalleled in local high school history.
He started his streak by winning the 1993 state Class AA cross country title at Detweiller Park, won his first state 3200 event in the spring of 1994 and returned to again win the Class AA cross country title in 1994.
Along the way to his four state championship medals, Broe, coached by long-time East Peoria coach Ed McGraw, won several Mid-Illini conference titles in cross country and track as well as winning seven regional and sectional championships.
Broe is currently on track scholarship at the University of Alabama. He finished his cross country season as the No. 2 team for the Tide and will run the 5000 meters in the spring.
Tim Broe came out of East Peoria High School to become perhaps the most successful long-distance runner in local prep circles.
Mark Olson came to Peoria in 1963, and because of his most successful background in hockey in Michigan, he immediately involved himself in the promotion and development of hockey in the Peoria area. He became player-coach of the Pekin Stars from 1964-68, and then in 1971 he provided a leadership role in cooperation with Pete Bardezbanian, his sons, Mike, Rick and Joe, and other volunteers to form the Peoria Blades hockey team. At the same time, Mark gave liberally of his time and talents to further youth hockey in the Peoria area.