Welcome to the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame website. We have inducted numerous individuals and teams. Their plaques are located in the Peoria Civic Center. As you browse through our site, you will learn that the Peoria area is rich in talent. Many individuals, teams and organizations have contributed to our sports history. If you have any comments or requests, please feel free to contact us at any time.

33rd Annual Induction Banquet

Four individuals and three teams with a resume of success spanning the better part of five decades where honored when the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame enshrined its newest class. The 33rd Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Banquet was Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center.

2013, 33rd Individual Inductees
Guyton was a two-time, first-team all-state selection as a boys basketball player at Peoria High School. After his graduation in 1996, Guyton starred at Indiana, where he was selected the team most valuable player all four seasons while scoring more than 2,100 career points. The 1997 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year, Guyton was a consensus All-American in 2000, when he also was selected the Big Ten Player of the Year. A member of the IU All-Century Team, Guyton was the 32nd overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and he played in 80 NBA games in two seasons with the Bulls and Golden State Warriors.
Hill-Schupbach starred in the area as both a prepster and collegian, first at Princeville High School then at Bradley, as one of the area's top female distance runners. After winning four conference championships in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters at Princeville, Hill-Schupbach claimed 10 Missouri Valley Conference cross country and track individual championships at Bradley from 1996-2000, while also twice earning NCAA Division I All-America honors in the 5,000 meters. In addition to her individual titles at the 1998 and 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships, Hill-Schupbach led the Braves to their first-ever conference crown in any women's sport in school history as co-champions with Drake in 1998. A seven-time Academic All-American, Hill-Schupbach received a prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and was the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Charlotte West Award as the year's top all-around, graduating student-athlete in the Missouri Valley Conference. She also was selected the Illinois NCAA Woman of the Year in 2000.
The 1997 Illinois Mr. Basketball, McClain helped Peoria Manual High School to four consecutive IHSA Boys Basketball state championships during his prep career from 1993-97. A three-time all-state selection, McClain continued his basketball career at Illinois, where he played in 128 games and helped the Illini to a pair of Big Ten Conference championships and the 2001 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
2013 Old Timer Award
Representing Peoria Woodruff High School, Durdle was the medalist of the 1950-51 IHSA Boys Golf State Championship. He went on to win the Peoria Men's Golf City Championship in 1952 and 1958 before becoming the head professional at the Peoria Park District's Newman Golf Course. Durdley died in 2001 and will be inducted posthumously..
2013, 33rd Team Inductees
The Panthers capped an 18-4 campaign by finishing as the runners-up in the inaugural IHSA Girls Basketball state championship tournament, falling to an undefeated Sterling squad in the title game. Coached by Jan Smith, the 1977 Washington squad was led by Nancy Roth and Glenda Simmerling.
The Cougars were 25-12 in 1981-82 when they won the last single-division Illinois Junior College state tournament and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament. ICC's run to the Illinois state title included an upset of top-seeded Wabash Valley. Washington product Randy Holzhauer poured in 26 points in the championship win against Lincoln.
Led by current PGA Tour professional D.A. Points, the 1993 Dragons enjoyed a perfect (11-0) dual meet season. After advancing in the state series with a second-place finish in the regionals, Pekin went on to win the sectional tournament, as well as the IHSA Boys Golf Class AA state championship. Points led the charge to the team title by earning individual medalist honors at the state tournament.
2013 Neve Harms Meritorious Service Award
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.

Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.

Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.

Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.
2013 Tri-County Awards of the Year
Cole Henderson
- Male Athlete
With three individual state championships to his credit, Henderson's 31 points at the 2013 IHSA 3A Boy's Track and Field Championship gave Pekin Community High School a third-place team finish. Henderson won state titles in the long jump, 100 meters and 200 meters. An all-conference wide receiver on the grid iron, Henderson returned from a hip injury to help the Dragons football team win its final three regular-season games to earn a playoff berth.
    
Darrel Crouch
- Male Coach
The football head coach at Washington Community High School, Crouch led the Panthers to a final 12-1 record. The Panthers earned an undefeated, Mid-Illini Conference championship and won 12 consecutive games to start a season for the first time in program history. Following the devastating tornadoes Nov. 17, Washington's run ended in the IHSA 5A state semifinals.
Taylor McClintock
- Female Athlete
McClintock capped her all-star prep career by averaging 29.5 points per game on the basketball court last winter, helping Illini Bluffs High School to 29 wins and an appearance in the IHSA 1A Girls Basketball state finals. The three-time Peoria Journal Star Small School Girl's Basketball Player of the Year and first-team IBCA All-State selection ended her career last winter with 3,073 points. She is currently a freshman for the Mercer University women's basketball team in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.
Cathy Sanders
- Female Coach
The girl's volleyball head coach at Fieldcrest High School, Sanders led the Knights to their first-ever state finals appearance, finishing the year with a 33-4-1 record and fourth-place finish in the IHSA 1A state tournament.

Special gifts available for individual and team inductees

Former individual and team members may order duplicates of their 12 x 16 inch plaques that are displayed at the Peoria Civic Center. You may order them by contacting Don Gustin, Joan's Trophy at sales@awardsnow.com or call 309-674.6500 or visit www.gpshof.awardsnow.com and order online. The cost is $135.00.


DEDICATED TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS MAKING SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS
TO SPORTS HISTORY IN THE GREATER PEORIA, IL AREA
©2003-2014 Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. All Rights Reserved.