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Billy Alli
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2012 Individual Award Winner


  It's no surprise that Alli was named Centralia High School male athlete of the year for the 1988-1989 school year.

  On the mat for Coach Dick Carpenter he earned varsity letters in 1987, 1988 and 1989, becoming the premier heavyweight wrestler in Southern Illinois his Senior year.  He finished the 1989 season with 36 consecutive wins and only two losses.  He was the first CHS wrestler to qualify for the IHSA state meet for a second time.  Of his 36 wins, 25 were by pin, with one coming in only 8 seconds.  Being the first CHS wrestler to win 30 or more bouts in a single season, he captured Regional, Sectional and South-Seven Conference championships.  He was named Southern Illinois Wrestler of the Year and received the Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South award, along with the Loren Garrish Memorial Award and the Dick Carpenter Scholarship.  Alli was also South-Seven Conference heavyweight champion in 1987, and took second in 1988. He recorded a 28-6 record his junior season as he qualified for his first state meet by placing second in the Sectional.  After being named the outstanding underclassman wrestler for 1987 he had the most wins by fall in both 1988 and 1989.  He was team MVP both seasons.  He concluded his 3-year varsity career at CHS with an 83-19 record with 54 pins.

Under coaches Bill Blair and Rod White, Alli continued to show his athletic prowess in track and field, winning four varsity letters.  He still holds the CHS shot put record at 59' 1", and qualified for the IHSA state meet in this event in 1987, 1988 and 1989 (qualified for finals).  His sectional qualifying marks were:  first in 1987 (53' 8¼"), second in 1988 (53' 11½") and third in 1989 (54'2" - one inch behind his brother Jason).  He also met the qualifying mark for the state meet in the discus, as he placed third in the 1988 Sectional.  In South-Seven Conference action he set a new Frosh-Soph shot put record at 51'11" in 1987 (record broken by brother Jason the next year at 52' 3") and then placed second in the varsity conference meet.  In 1988 he placed second again (54' 7") and was third in the discus (157' 9½").  In 1989 he was conference shot put champion at 55' 6" and placed fourth in the discus at 146' 0".  At the Orphan Relays he won with his record toss of 59' 1".  He was high point man in field events for 1987, 1989 and 1989.  Alli received the Southern Illinois Coaches Association award in both the shot put and the discus for 1989, and also participated in the Illinois top-ten meet held at Parkland College.

A three-year starter in football (1986, 1987, 1988), Alli received South-Seven Conference recognition in 1987, and was named All-Conference First Team defensive lineman in 1988.  His senior year he was also team MVP and played in the Southern Illinois football coaches association East-West All Star Classic.  After high school Alli played one season of football at Greenville College.  In only the second year of football for the school, the all freshman and sophomore team had a record of 8-2 and qualified for the NAIA Division II national playoffs.  This team has been inducted into the Greenville College Hall of Fame.




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