TriCounty Repeating as Tri-County male Athlete of the Year, Peoria Manual high school star Sergio McClain simply drove the Rams to their fourth consecutive state championship in Carver Arena last March.
Voted Mr. Basketball for the 1996-97 season, McClain overcame a shoulder injury to drive his Ram teammates to yet another state crown.
With Harvey Thornton threatening to oust Manual in the semi-final game, McClain ignored his injury to lead the Rams on a 25-1 run in nine and a half minutes, scoring 11 points in a row during one stretch.
He was named to every All-State team in the state and was named to play in the Magic Roundball Classic.
The Peoria Journal Star declared Sergio was the "most successful prep basketball player in United States history."
McClain is now a key part of the University of Illinois basketball team as a freshman.
Repeating as Tri-County male Athlete of the Year, Peoria Manual high school star Sergio McClain simply drove the Rams to their fourth consecutive state championship in Carver Arena last March.
|Dawdy Hawkins |
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states. His Lincoln Northeast High School team won a Nebraska state prep crown in 1948, just before he left to take over at Peoria Central. He quickly forged a powerhouse at Central, his 1952-53 team, led by brilliant center Hiles Stout, making it to the championship game of the Illinois state finals at the University of Illinois' old Huff Gym before bowing to LaGrange, 71-60. Hawkins took three other Peoria Central teams to the state tournament (1954, 56, 59) and then, switching to Pekin, had five other state appearances (1964, 65, 66, 67, 73), including state championship teams in 1964 and 1967.