TriCounty With a galaxy of stars that included all-state midfielder Dominic Bonello and four other all-area selections, Mike Bare guided Peoria Notre Dame to the inaugural Class 2A championship in the Irish's first trip to the boys soccer state finals since they won the Class A title in 2004.
The Irish swamped Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 3-0 in the title match at Naperville, completing a 21-3-1 season that wasn't sidetracked by an 0-2-1 start. The shutout against SHG was the 11th in a season-ending 14-game winning streak.
Bare's team won the championship in his second year as Irish coach. He took over the boys program at his high school alma mater (Class of 1999) after two years at Metamora.
With a galaxy of stars that included all-state midfielder Dominic Bonello and four other all-area selections, Mike Bare guided Peoria Notre Dame to the inaugural Class 2A championship in the Irish's first trip to the boys soccer state finals since they won the Class A title in 2004.
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.