NeveHarms If you couldn't see the scoreboard, you could tell how much longer the game was by the length of Dr. Kenny's cigar. He always brought one for each half.
A lifelong Peorian, Dr James N. Kenny, Sr. graduated from Spalding where he participated in football and boxing. He graduated from Notre Dame with a B.S. in Biological Services, and received his M.D. from St. Louis University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946, attaining the rank of Captain.
Completing his internship and residency in General Surgery in 1950, he practiced surgery in Peoria until 1990, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
A "fill-in" for Dr Cusack, he took over the Spalding Irish job in 1966 and served until 1986. He took care of injuries, supplied the team with Gatorade, and furnished player photos at the end of season Sports Banquet. Three sons played football for Spalding, and two daughters were cheerleaders.
In 1976, Dr. Kenny received the University of Notre Dame Award of the Year for his commitment to family, his contributions to his community, and his desire to help and serve his fellow man. He was commended for the unselfish and charitable work that he performed throughout his career.
If you couldn't see the scoreboard, you could tell how much longer the game was by the length of Dr. Kenny's cigar. He always brought one for each half.
|2019 Tri-County female athlete of the year:|
(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.