2012 PHSAA Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees List


Katrina Nicole Brooks
Class of 1990 - Track and Field
Katrina was the dominant sprinter of her era in the Peoria area, earning 11 state medals – six individual and five relays – and setting Journal Star Honor Roll Meet records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She was four-time HRM 100 champion, two-time 200 champ and set school records in the 100 (:11.9) and 200 (:24.9). Her prowess earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas.

Eugene Carr
Class of 1955 - Football
Averaging a whopping 9 yards per carry, Eugene was named the Lions’ Most Valuable Back for the 1954 team, which finished 10-0-1 for Peoria High’s first unbeaten season. He capped the season with TD runs of 73, 68 and 15 yards in a Turkey Day triumph over undefeated Manual and earned a football scholarship to the University of Illinois, where he earned a varsity letter in his senior year.

Teresa Dempsey
Class of 1978 - Swimming
After swimming two years with the boys’ team, Terry was MVP of the first girls’ team in PHS history. The first female to win the Kirk Riley Award, she was three-time all-state in the 500-yard freestyle and earned all-America recognition. Terry went on to letter four years at the University of Illinois, placing among the top 10 in Big Ten championships in the 200, 500 and 1650 freestyle events.

Kris Hahn
Class of 1989 - Cross Country

Kris won three individual Mid-State 10 Conference championships and three individual IHSA regional titles. She qualified for the state championship meet all four varsity seasons and in 1986 earned all-state recognition by finishing 25th in the single-class state meet. Kris went on to earn four varsity letters at Drake University.

Steven Kern
Class of 1967 - Rifle Shooting
A swimmer at PHS, Steven earned national fame in a different sport after graduation. In 1971, he set two national records in rifle shooting. Steven scored two-day records with smallbore rifle in 320 Shot Prone Aggregate and 160 Shot Prone Metallic Sight Aggregate. They were the highest scores fired at the Illinois State Championships since 1919.

Paul Knott
Class of 1992 - Cross Country

Paul didn’t join the cross country team until his sophomore year. After a solid debut, he dedicated himself to the sport and went unbeaten in dual meets as a senior, set the PHS course record at Bradley Park and won the Mid-State 10 Conference championship. He earned all-state honors with a 10th-place finish in the 1991 Class AA championships.

Carlos Lattimore
Class of 1998 - Track and Field
As a junior, in 1997, Carlos went undefeated in the discus throw, capping his dominant run with a throw of 177 feet, 6 inches for the Class AA state championship. He had an equally dominant senior season, but fell short of double golds; still, he finished second in the 1998 Class AA discus.

Mike Lawless
Class of 1964 - Coach - Track and Field, Cross Country
A 1964 graduate of PHS, Mike coached at Spalding and Richwoods before returning to his alma mater in 2985 to coach cross country and boys track & field. He coached four Lions to track & field state championships, 18 individual state medalists and three medal-winning relays. He mentored two cross country all-staters and also served as an assistant coach in football and basketball.

Jocelyn M. Picl
Class of 1996 - Swimming

PHS Athlete of the Year in 1996, Jocelyn placed fifth in the 50 freestyle at the IHSA championships as a junior and senior; sixth in the 100 free as a senior. She went on to letter four years at the University of Wisconsin, earning all-America honors. Jocelyn continued to swim as an adult, winning national championships in the 50 and 100 at US Masters Swimming meet in 2007.

Wolcott 'Wookey' Roberts
Class of 1915 - Football

A football and basketball team captain at PHS, Wolcott’s college career was interrupted by World War I. After discharge from the service, he joined the fledgling NFL and played on four championship teams in the pre-playoff era. A 5-7, 160-pound back, Wolcott won two titles with the Canton Bulldogs, one with the Cleveland Bulldogs and one with the Frankford Yellow Jackets. 

Shawn A. Songer
Class of 1985 - Baseball

A three-sport athlete, Shawn starred as a baseball pitcher, and compiled one of the greatest single seasons in Peoria history. Leading the Lions to the 1985 Mid-State 10 title, Shawn threw two no-hitters, two one-hitters and three two-hitters. He set single-season school records with 83 innings pitched, 129 strikeouts (against only 14 walks) and an 0.51 ERA, finishing with a 9-3 record.

Frank Stacy
Class of 1985 - Track and Field
Frank was a stalwart in the 400-meter dash, in which he earned all-state honors with a fifth-place finish in the Class AA IHSA championships as a senior. He also anchored the 4 x 400 relay team, which included Keith Haynes, Jeff Taylor and Andre Kelly and set the all-time Greater Peoria Area record, 3:17.02, in a second-place state finish. The record still stood at Frank’s induction, in 2012.

Don Tjarksen
Class of 1955 - Track and Field

In 1955, Don became the first high school runner from the Greater Peoria Area to break the 2-minute barrier in the 880-yard run. He earned all-state honors with a fifth-place finish in the IHSA meet and set area records in the 440 and with the mile relay team. Don went on to run for the University of Illinois’ Big Ten indoor champions in 1958 and outdoor champions in 1958 and 1959.


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