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.
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.