1994-95 (Peoria) Manual High School Boys’ Team

Year Inducted: 2001

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: (Peoria) Manual High School

Biography: Assistant coach and former Manual star Wayne McClain took over for the retired Dick Van Scyoc and led the second-ranked Rams to a 32-2 finish and second straight Class AA title in Champaign. All-tourney picks Willie Coleman and Ivan Watson scored 22 and 21 points respectively in a 65-53 title-game win over Harvey Thornton. Coleman had a title-game record 7 steals and Watson finished second in the tournament in scoring with 67 points in 4 games.  Coleman, Watson, Sergio McClain, Marcus Griffin, Jerral Page and Frank Williams led the Rams as they were 10-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 16 at some point in the season. They beat the No. 1 teamss from Illinois (Chicago Farragut and future NBA star Kevin Garnett) and Missouri (St. Louis Vashon).

Team Members in the Picture (not in order):

Players: Khalil Gayton, Ivan Watson, Jeff Walraven, Sean Walls, Frank Williams, Tim Caldwell, Willie Simmons, Sergio McClain, Daniel Duncan, Willie Coleman, Marcus Griffin, Darrell Ivory and Jerral Page.

Coaches: Head Coach Wayne McClain; Assistant Coaches Chuck Westendorf and Tim Kenny.

Cheerleaders: Karen Stecher, Alicia Durham, Jessica DeMoss, Haley Wicoff, Andrea Rockey, Amy Gorman, Roni Roos, Kara Backes, Allison Holloway, Stephanie Donald and Tyishia Figgers.

Principal: S.D. Farkash.

Athletic Director: Mike Hampton