Inductees Renee Heiken Slone burst onto the local sports scene as a sophomore at Metamora High in 1987 by winning the IHSA individual girls golf title, a feat she repeated as a senior at the 1989 meet.
Renee further astonished the golf world by winning an unprecedented four consecutive Peoria Women's City titles from 1987 - 1990.
A scholarship athlete playing for the University of Illinois, she won individual Big Ten titles in 1991 and 1993. Heiken was selected as the U. of I. Female Athlete of the Year in 1991 and repeated in 1992 as co-winner. She garnered All-American honors three consecutive years, 1991 through 1993, and was the 1993 College Player of the Year.
In 1994 Renee became the first woman in golfing history to make the cut at the (normally) all-men's Illinois Open. By 1995 she was playing on the LPGA Tour where her career earnings exceeded $92,000. A member of the National Golf Coaches' Players Hall of Fame and the U. of I. Athletic Hall of Fame, she currently teaches others to play the game
Renee Heiken Slone burst onto the local sports scene as a sophomore at Metamora High in 1987 by winning the IHSA individual girls golf title, a feat she repeated as a senior at the 1989 meet.
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(Illini Bluffs High School) The team captain of her basketball team, Hicks led Illini Bluffs to the class A Sweet 16 averaging 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists. The All-state shortstop hit .415 and scored 34 runs leading the Tigers to a the state runner-up trophy at the class 1A softball finals. Hicks was a key member of a volleyball team that went to state for the first time ever. She lead her team in kills (421) and digs (325) in lifting IB to a 40-2 record and a class 1A state runnerup finish.