Season Two Episode 11: James DeLoatche

This episode spotlights a legacy built on personal loss as a foundation toward building community. In March of 1999, 11-year old Julius De Loatche was killed in a tragic house fire. His family, led by Julius’ father, the Reverend James… Continue Reading

Season Two Episode 10: Rick Malnati

Season Two Episode 10: Rick Malnati
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Let’s begin with a quick word-association.  When I say “pizza,” you think . . . cheesy . . . or hot . . . or yummy. When I say “Malnati’s,”  . . .  you probably answer . . . “Pizza.”… Continue Reading

Season Two Episode 9: Wayne and Sergio McClain

Season Two Episode 9: Wayne and Sergio McClain
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Photo: Jim Mattson,  27 Nov 2013. Wayne and Sergio McClain are two of the most prominent athletes in recent central Illinois history.  This episode reflects the roles that legacy and community play in our engagement with sports. Wayne McClain coached… Continue Reading

Season Two Episode 8: D.A. Points

Season Two Episode 8: D.A. Points
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Every athlete faces conflicting adages:  On the one hand, “they don’t ask how, they ask how many.” On the other hand, “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Pekin, Illinois’ native son, D. A.… Continue Reading

Season Two Episode 7: Cindy Stein

Season Two Episode 7: Cindy Stein
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Most coaches know that somewhere along the way, they are going to get fired, or resign.  Although not as certain as death and taxes, change is likely. Southern Illinois University head basketball coach Cindy Stein is no exception.  Peoria native,… Continue Reading

Season Two, Episode 6: Doug Collins

Season Two, Episode 6: Doug Collins
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For Doug Collins, accomplishing things first must be second nature. Collins’ Illinois State University career took place under the leadership of legendary coach Will Robinson, the first African American head coach in Division I men’s basketball. With Robinson and Collins… Continue Reading

Season Two, Episode 5: Steven Stricker

Season Two, Episode 5: Steven Stricker
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This episode features a storybook tale waiting for a glorious final chapter. Golfer Steve Stricker was player of the year at the University of Illinois in nineteen eighty-eight and eighty-nine, and was elected to the U OF I’s Athletic Hall… Continue Reading

Season Two, Episode 4: Henry Thomas

Season Two, Episode 4: Henry Thomas
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Often, Stories Beyond the Scores takes you off the fields and courts.  The competitive, in-game, exploits of Henry (Hank) Irving Thomas, Jr., were simply…adequate.  Across three seasons and 65 Bradley University basketball games, Hank Thomas averaged fewer than two points, two… Continue Reading

Season Two, Episode 3: Tracie Hitz

Season Two, Episode 3: Tracie Hitz
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Ask yourself:  What do Marketing, Sports, Social Media, and Athletic Administration have in common with Dating? We weren’t sure of the answer until we met up with Tracie Hitz. 1993 Peoria Notre Dame High School graduate, Tracie Hitz, did not… Continue Reading

Season Two, Episode 2: Scott Spiezio

Season Two, Episode 2: Scott Spiezio
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[photo, Barbara Moore, May 24, 2007; CC generic 2.0 license] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio:  January 12 & 13, 2019 . Athletes face the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat with each competition.  Today we look… Continue Reading