Inductees The 1929-30 Manual High School basketball team was one of the finest in Peoria history, winning the state title under Coach Telfer Mead in his first year at the helm.
The team was led by Neve Harms, Benny Schwartz, Harvey Benson, Charles Wolgemuth, Ken Shoup and Robert Clauss and posted a 15-3 record prior to tournament play. Manual then swept past Princeville, Kingman, Roanoke and Peoria Central in District play and soundly defeated Swaney, Canton and Seneca in the sectional played at the Peoria Armory. Manual then dominated the state tournament in Champaign, defeating Atwood, Beardstown and Bloomington 38-25 in the state title game. Wolgemuth led the team in scoring at the state tournament with 30 points, while Clauss was close behind with 27. Harms, a brilliant four-sport athlete, scored 20 points in Champaign. Other key members of the title team were Joe Blotner, Albert Mitzelfelt, Charles Reece and William Ritchie.
The 1929-30 Manual High School basketball team was one of the finest in Peoria history, winning the state title under Coach Telfer Mead in his first year at the helm.
|2007 Tri-County Co-Male Coach of the Year|
In his 18th season as head football coach at Metamora High School, Ryan coached the Redbirds to an unbeaten season and the Class 5A IHSA state championship. With two Big Ten signees leading the way on the field, Ryan's team returned to the state title game for the fifth time in his tenure and won the school's first championship since 1975. The 14-0 season ran Ryan's career record to 173-40.