Inductees Hiles Stout was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the annals of Peoria high school athletics. He went on to become one of the few bonafide two-sport standouts in the history of the University of Illinois.
A rugged competitor and inspirational leader, Stout established unprecedented records at Peoria Central High School as an all-star performer in football, basketball and baseball. He was a standout quarterback who gained over a mile in total offense in his career. A brilliant center in basketball, he led Central to a second place finish in the 1953 state tournament. He was also a long-ball hitting first baseman On the Central baseball team.
At one time Stout's 1,546 career basketball points and single-game high of 48 (against Spalding) led all local prep players. Currently, he is fourth on the alltime list in both career and single-game scoring.
After his prep days, Stout earned three letters each in football and basketball at the University of Illinois. He was the No. 1 quarterback in 1956 and a starting forward on the basketball team.
Hiles Stout was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the annals of Peoria high school athletics. He went on to become one of the few bonafide two-sport standouts in the history of the University of Illinois.
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Mike Dunne, an outstanding baseball pitcher with Limestone High School and Bradley University, made his major league debut this past June. In his first game he was on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates and gave a good account of himself against the Mets All-Star Dwight Gooden. He then went on to finish with a 13-6 record and an ERA of 3.03, second in the National League to Nolan Ryan. Mike was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year by the Sporting News and was runner-up to San Diego catcher Benito Santiago as National League Rookie of the Year. He had a great day against his former ball club, the St. Louis Cardinals, beating them 3-1 on a 4-hitter, and then later repeated his control over the Cardinals by a 1-0 victory.