Thornton, Green Headline Peoria HOF Honors

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The Manual Rams will be the toast of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner in April but the Peoria High Lions will be in the house, too.

Two members of the Lions first state championship football team will be honored as Tri-County award winners. Tim Thornton and lineman Kendrick Green were named Tri-County male coach and athlete of the year by the GPSHOF board on Sunday.

Eureka volley ball coach Tracy Heffren was named Tri-County female coach of the year and Washington softball star Madi McCoy was named female athlete of the year.

The foursome will be honored at the GPSHOF dinner of April 8, the same night the Manual four-peat state title-winning basketball teams from the 1990’s will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $35 for the dinner at the Peoria Civic Center ballroom.

Green, a offensive and defensive lineman who has 22 college scholarship offers, and Thornton led Peoria High to a 13-1 record and the Class 5A state championship in November.

Heffren guided Class 2A Eureka High School to a school record 35 wins and to its first state volleyball championship. The slugging McCoy hit .525 with 18 homers and also won 30 games as a pitcher, leading Washington (37-2) to a Class 3A state softball runner-up finish. 

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