TriCounty Bob Darling's Richwoods Knights captured the school's 1st sectional title since 1992 enroute to a 4th place finish in the boys IHSA state tournament.
Darling, coming here from Decatur McArthur, posted a 26-7 campaign to help push his current 5 season record at the northside school to an impressive 90-47. He won the hearts of fans statewide by rewarding his non-playing seniors with all the playing time in the state tourney consolation game.
Bob's high school career record now stands at 138-82 in a total of nine seasons
Currently on the PGSL board of directors, he established and coached three Amateur Softball Association teams for three age groups.
He coached in-house PGSL softball teams and coached a summer All-Star team of 15-16 year olds that won a state tournament in 1996 and finished fourth in 1997. He also assisted with various levels of basketball for PGSL.
After several years in retirement he is still donating a ton of time, money and equipment to many sports programs in the area.
He is still the official scorekeeper for Bradley's women's basketball team and is heavily involved at Manual as an assistant softball coach along with being scorekeeper and statistics keeper.
Coach, scorekeeper, public address announcer, statistician, organizer - you name it and Dale White has done it, and is still doing much of it, to help the boys and girls of Peoria develop the enjoyment of sports.
Bob Darling's Richwoods Knights captured the school's 1st sectional title since 1992 enroute to a 4th place finish in the boys IHSA state tournament.
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.