Inductees Bill Lofgren is simply the most talented male tennis player to come out of Peoria: a standout high school player at Peoria Central, a brilliant college performer at Bradley University, and a world ranked Grand Prix player who has competed in every major tournament in the world.
Lofgren drew the attention of the collegiate tennis world during his three varsity years at Bradley when he compiled a 66-7 singles record, including 26-1 as a sophomore, and won the Missouri Valley Conference singles title in 1968.
By 1975, after a stint as head tennis professional at the Carolina Country Club, he joined the Men's Grand Prix circuit and participated in all of the major championships in the world.
He competed in the four Grand Slam events: Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the French Championship and the Australian Open. His schedule also included stops in South Africa, the Phillipines, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Nottingham, the Newport Grass championships, the National Clay court championships, Madrid, Tehran and the Woodlands Doubles championships.
He was ranked 132nd in the world by ATP and continued to compete world wide through 1978. He was named to the Bradley University Hall of Fame in 1978.
At the time of his induction into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame he was head tennis professional at the prestigious Queen City Racquet Club in Cincinnati, a post he accepted in 1979.
Bill Lofgren is simply the most talented male tennis player to come out of Peoria: a standout high school player at Peoria Central, a brilliant college performer at Bradley University, and a world ranked Grand Prix player who has competed in every major tournament in the world.
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Gilbert repeated as the IHSA 2A state track champion in the 3,200 meters in the spring, clocking a school-record 10:34.13, and added a third-place medal in the 1,600 meters. The Peoria Notre Dame senior went on to defend her IHSA 2A state cross country championship this past fall. She also finished third at the Midwest Regionals, then earned All-America honors by finishing runner-up at the Foot Locker National Championship in San Diego. She completed the year by earning one of six positions for Team USA at the Junior Women’s International Cross Country Meet in Scotland.