Inductees A true pioneer for high school basketball in Illinois was the outstanding 1907-08 Peoria High School team which won the first state tournament ever held in Illinois.
The first state high school basketball tournament was an eight-team invitational affair at the Oak Park YMCA. Peoria High, coached by Les Straesser, a 1906 graduate of the school who also at the time was farming west of Peoria, had compiled a 14-1 regular season record.
Included in the 14 wins was a 105-23 thumping of Streator at the old Peoria YMCA on Jefferson Street. Peoria led 65-5 at halftime and Wilbur "Bill" Forrest scored 32 field goals. The team's only loss was 43-23 at the hands of Spalding. At the first state tournament, Peoria turned back Wheaton, 41-26, then disposed of Hinsdale, 32-25, and won the state title by pounding Rock Island, 48-29.
A true pioneer for high school basketball in Illinois was the outstanding 1907-08 Peoria High School team which won the first state tournament ever held in Illinois.
In 1986 Mike Olson continued his long years of volunteer work with the Peoria area youth in hockey and baseball. He has directed youth hockey clinics yearly for the past 15 years and has served two three-year terms on the Peoria Youth Hockey Board of Directors. In addition he has devoted his time to teaching Bergan and Richwoods hockey clubs, and this year is coaching the Peoria Bantams (14 & 15 year olds) travel hockey team.