TriCounty Illinois Central College's ninth National Junior College Athletic Association team championship in school history was a first for Sue Sinclair's volleyball program.
The 33-7 Cougars completed their banner season in November with a five-set victory over Cowley College in the NJCAA Division II championship match at Wisconsin Dells, Wis. ICC's best finish previously in the DII national tournament was fourth place in 2005 and 2008.
The championship led to Sinclair's selection in December as American Volleyball Coaches Association two-year colleges national coach of the year. The pool of candidates for junior college volleyball's highest coaching honor comes from the NJCAA's three divisions, the California Community College Athletic Association and the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (Oregon and Washington).
ICC sophomore Yiting Cao, from Shanghai, China, was named AVCA two-year colleges national player of the year. College athletes, however, must be from Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties to be eligible for Tri-County awards.
Illinois Central College's ninth National Junior College Athletic Association team championship in school history was a first for Sue Sinclair's volleyball program.
|1986 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure|
Manual High School girls basketball team, under the coaching of Dennis Brown, won the 1986 large high school State Basketball Championship. This State AA Championship team won 27 games while losing only 3. Because of his team's achievements, Dennis received special recognition. He was named IBCA Girls' High School AA Coach of the Year in 1986, and was assigned as Coach of the IBCA Girls AA All-Star Game in the same year. Dennis' high school girls basketball coaching record is 153 wins and 72 losses.