TriCounty Richwoods High School swimmer Andy DeVooght wound up an amazingly successful season by being named the Senior Swimmer of the Year in the state by the Illinois Swimming Association.
During the state high school meet he won both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was a member of the state championship 400 freestyle relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team that finished third.
Ranked nationally in all four events, he was 10th in the nation in the 100 backstroke, 21st in the 100 butterfly, 15th in the 400 freestyle relay and 25th in the 200 freestyle relay.
In Junior National competition he was second in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 backstroke last March and then second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200 backstroke last August.
Richwoods High School swimmer Andy DeVooght wound up an amazingly successful season by being named the Senior Swimmer of the Year in the state by the Illinois Swimming Association.
A 1974 Bradley University graduate and longtime financial consultant for MassMutual Financial Group, Paul Herzog has served as the public address "Voice of the Braves" for nearly 600 Bradley men's basketball games for the past 39 seasons, including every game the Braves have played at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum. In addition to his volunteer service for Bradley, Herzog has served as the volunteer public address announcer for every game the Peoria Civic Center has hosted in the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament during its 20-year run in the River City.
While "PA" Paul is well-known for his role with Bradley Basketball and the IHSA, his community service extends far beyond Carver Arena. A Braves Club Board of Directors member for 20 years and a past president (1992-94) of the organization, Herzog also served as president of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (1983-85) and the Bradley University National Alumni Association (1990-91). He also has began emceeing the IHSA State Cross Country Championships awards ceremony in 1996.
Closer to his home in Germantown Hills, Herzog has coached in youth baseball and basketball house leagues and from 2006-13 he was a member of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served as a committe co-chair in the effort to acquire land for the expansion of youth sports in Germantown Hills, which led to the addition of 20 acres to school district property. Herzog also brought a little of the Bradley Basketball experience to the Germantown Hills Grade School Boys Basketball program by serving as the public address announcer from 2008-12.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Bradley Varsity Club Billy Stone Service Award, the Bradley University Lydia Moss Bradley Award, the IHSA March Madness Volunteer of the Year and the IHSA Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.