This season, the IBCA will honor multiple programs for reaching certain school victory milestones. This list includes some of the top teams in Illinois – but many more need to be added. We will honor any high school boys program that has reached the 1500 victory plateau. We will also honor any high school girls program that has surpassed the 1000 win level. College programs will also be honored for various milestones. Please, contact the IBCA for further information.
Congratulations to all teams for their great historical success!
Before Rock Island High School and the Quincy Blue Devils tipped-off in an important Western Big Six Conference tilt, IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen presented a 1500 School Victory plaque to the families of two Hall of Fame Rocks Coaches. Bob & Gail Riley, son and daughter-in-law of Coach Bob Riley (inducted in 1983) and Sandy Reid, wife of Duncan Reid (inducted in 1989) and her grandchildren are pictured above. Along with current coach Thom Sigel (far left), the three legends have combined for 1070 of the 1800 wins in program history.
Since the 1900-1901 season, the Rocks have captured an unprecedented 47 district or regional titles, have made 24 state tournament appearances, and earned 8 finals trophies including the 2011 Class 3A State Tournament Championship.
At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Thom Sigel and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
Pictured above holding the 1500 School Victory plaque presented to Monticello High School is Friends of Basketball Hall of Famer Art Sievers (1997) and Boys Varsity Coach Kevin Roy.
On Friday, February 1, Monticello High School hosted the Chillicothe IVC Grey Ghosts in an important Illini Prairie Conference match-up. The Sages currently have 1626 school wins and counting. Since the 1916-1917 season, the Purple and Gold have won countless conference and tournament championships, captured 25 district or regional titles, and in 2017 placed 4th in the Class 2A State Tournament
Past coaches who were inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Tom Young and Bob Trimble.
Congratulates Coach Kevin Roy and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
Pictured above is IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen presenting a 1500 School Victory plaque to Hall of Fame Player and current Proviso East Head Coach Donnie Boyce. The Saturday, February 2 West Suburban Conference rivalry game between the Pirates and Proviso West provided a great game, a reunion of all past teams including their 4 state championship teams, a fine video presentation, and many current students and alumni participating in the half-time program.
Proviso East High School has over 1600 total wins. Since the 1910-1911 season, the Pirates have won an unprecedented 49 regional titles, and earned 11 trips to the IHSA State Tournament which have resulted in a 4th place, two 2nd place finished and four IHSA State Tournament Championships!
Past coaches who were inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Sam Storby, Joe Hartley, Tom Millikin, Glenn Whittenberg and Bill Hitt – a list that no other school can equal.
Great players who continued to make their mark after graduation include: Glenn “Doc” Rivers, Jim Brewer, Michael Finley, Sherrell Ford, Dee Brown, Paris Burns and current Head Coach, Donnie Boyce.
A huge thank you to AD Dr. Brian Colbert for planning a great reunion day for the Pirate program!
Facing off for the first time in one of the biggest events of the season, were two former teammates, both Hall of Fame Coaches and both winners of 800+ games. The Nokomis Redskins hosted the Lincoln Railsplitters in a non-conference game that packed the gym with former classmates, relatives, and great basketball fans. Preceding the Saturday, January 26 game, the IBCA recognized Nokomis High School for their 1526 all-time wins and counting. Since the 1909-1910 season, the Redskins have won countless conference and tournament championships, captured 23 district or regional titles, and earned 5 trips to the IHSA State Tournament.
Past coaches who were also inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Loren Wallace – who travelled from Arizona to witness the game between his two former players - and the late Maury Hough who also coached the Lady Redskins to class 1A state championships in 1998 & 1999.
The last Illinois coach to surpass the 800 victory mark was current IBCA President Neil Alexander during the 2017-18 season. Coach Al gladly presented his former teammate with a Silver Whistle – a token of appreciation from the IBCA.
At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Steve Kimbro and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on both great achievements.
Pictured above are IBCA Past President and HOF Coach Ken Crawford, current Hornet Varsity Boys Coach Wayne Harre, former Boys Varsity Coach Gene Gourley, Nashville AD Alicia Heggemeier, and former Boys Varsity Coaches Don Hawkins, Brad Weathers, and Dave Fischer.
Before tip-off of the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference game between Nashville High School and the Wildcats of Ann-Jonesboro, Coach Wayne Harre and 4 former varsity coaches accepted a 1500 School Victory plaque from the IBCA. The Hornets have won 1713 games since the 1907-08 season, and have captured a great number of championships including 19 regional titles and 8 trips to the IHSA State Tournament. Those trips to state finished with a 4th place, a 2nd place, and the 1978 Class 1A State Championship.
Nashville boasts several IBCA Hall of Fame Coaches in George Havens, Bob Bogle, Gene Gourley, Darin Lee, Brad Weathers and Wayne Harre.
At this time, the IBCA congratulates the Nashville Hornets and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
Belleville West High School has been guided by only 5 varsity basketball coaches since the 1959-1960 season. All five were present for an IBCA 1500 School Victory presentation on Friday, January 25. Preceding the Southwestern Conference game between the Maroons and the Edwardsville Tigers, IBCA Recording Secretary Steve Allen presented current Coach Joe Muniz with a plaque commemorating West’s 1508 victories and counting.
Pictured above are IBCA BOD, Steve Allen, Maroon Varsity Coach Joe Muniz (2005-present), and former Belleville West Coaches, Bill Schmidt (1989-2004), Dave Shannahan (1967-1973), Jerry Turner (1960-1966) and Roger Mueller (1974-1988). Shannahan and Mueller are IBCA Hall of Fame Coaches.
First as Belleville Township and now as Belleville West, the Maroons have won an unprecedented 29 district or regional titles, and earned 3 trips to the IHSA State Tournament – the last earning the school with the 2018 Class 4A State Tournament Championship.
At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Joe Muniz and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
Pictured above is HOF Coach and IBCA Past President Ken Crawford presenting Richland County Varsity Boys Coach Rob Flanagan with the IBCA 1500 School Victory plaque. The presentation was on Friday, January 11 before an important Little Illini Conference game between Olney and the Flora Wolves. Incidentally, Flora has also surpassed the 1500 victory mark and will be honored at home during the 2019-2020 season.
First as Olney High School, then as East Richland High, and now as Richland County, the Tigers have accumulated 1650 wins since the 1911-1912 season. The Black & Orange have won an unprecedented 20 district or regional titles along with 4 trips to the IHSA State Tournament - finishing with one 4th place finish and two third place trophies.
Olney boasts three IBCA Hall of Fame Coaches in Charles Van Cleve, Frank Newton, and Ron Herrin. This year, the IBCA will welcome a fourth – current coach Rob Flanagan.
At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Rob Flanagan and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
A huge contingent of former Hilltoppers players supported former head coach and IBCA Hall of Famer, Jim Jumper and Pat Butkovich, wife of the late HOF Coach Ed Butkovich, in accepting the 1500 School Victory plaque at Ed Butkovich Gymnasium on Friday, January 11. The presentation was made at half time of the Tomahawk Conference contest between the Hilltoppers and the Manito Midwest Central Raiders. Pictured in row 3, in white shirt & tie, is current Varsity Coach and former player, Ryan Deibert.
Mt. Pulaski High School has earned 1550 wins since the 1912-1913 season. The Hilltoppers have won an unprecedented 30 district or regional titles – and add to that list, the 9 that Elkhart High, who consolidated with Mt. Pulaski in 1974, had won. The Purple & Gold has made 5 trips to the IHSA State Tournament - finishing with two 4th place finishes, a 2nd place trophy, and the 1976 Class 2A State Championship.
Mt. Pulaski boasts three IBCA Hall of Fame Coaches in Dolph Stanley, Ed Butkovich, and Jim Jumper. Former Coach Bill Rucks was inducted as a player from Waukegan High School.
No small school in Illinois surpasses the pride and support that Mt. Pulaski exhibits on a yearly basis for their Hilltoppers- boys and girls.
At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Ryan Deibert and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
Gordon Kerkman, former and longtime head coach at West Aurora High School presents the 1500 School Victory plaque to the family of another HOF Blackhawk coach, John McDougal. Since the 1910-1911 season, West has accumulated over 1600 wins and counting. The Blackhawks have won an unprecedented 46 district or regional titles and earned 15 trips to the IHSA State Tournament. Those appearances culminated in one 4th place finish, five 3rd places, 4 runners-up trophies and the State Tournament title in 2000.
Pictured above are Becky Hejtmarck and Mary Schroeder, daughters of the late Coach John McDougal and John’s great- grandkids, Juliet and Beatrice Clark, Hall of Fame Coach and IBCA Past President Gordon Kerkman, David Dorsey, son of the late Dick Dorsey, who coached the Blackhawks in the 1950’s, and current head coach Brian Johnson.
At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Brian Johnson and all players, coaches and fans – past and present - of one the state’s great basketball programs.
Evanston Township Varsity Coach Mike Ellis accepts a 1500 school victory plaque from IBCA Recording Secretary Steve Allen preceding a Central Suburban League contest on Friday, December 14. Since the 1900-1901 season, the Wildkits have won 1532 games including the home contest played at unforgettable and historic Beardsley Gymnasium.
The Wildkits have amassed an astounding 36 regional titles and earned 11 state tournament appearances - including the 1968 State Championship. ETHS has totaled 5 finals trophies including the most recent 2018 Class 4A 3rd place finish.
Former Coach Jack Burmaster, was voted as one of the 100 legends of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament, and also did color commentary for the IHSA State Tournaments. He was an inaugural selection as a coach into the IBCA Hall of Fame in 1973.
1966 grad, Everette Stephens, who played at Purdue and professionally for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks was selected into the IBCA Hall of Fame in 2014.
Congratulations to all Wildkit players, coaches, and fans – past and present – on this great achievement!
Before the intra-city matchup between Peoria Manual and Peoria Richwoods, Thursday, November 29, the IBCA honored one of just three Illinois High School girls basketball programs that have surpassed the 1000 victory plateau. Peoria Richwoods High School has 1007 wins and counting. Since the 1973-74 season, the Lady Knights have won 25 regional titles and have made 7 state tournament appearances including a third place finish, two 2nd places, and 4 state championships – most recently in 2018.
Notable Coaches include: Mary Kay Hungate, John Gross, and current coach Todd Hursey. Great players are the norm for the Lady Knights: SIU-C Coach Cindy Stein, Nora Lewis, SIU-E Coach Paula Buscher, Camryn Taylor and Kourtney Crane, just to name a few.
Pictured above are IBCA Recording Secretary Steve Allen, Coach Todd Hursey, Richwood Principal Brett Elliott, and IBCA Board of Director Mark Kleemann. Congratulations to all Lady Knights players, coaches and fans!
On Friday, November 30, before a Big Twelve Conference game with Peoria Notre Dame, the IBCA honored Normal Community High School for surpassing the 1500 victory plateau. Since 1904, the Ironmen have amassed 1586 victories, captured 25 regional titles, and finished 4th and 2nd in the IHSA State Tournament.
Iconic coaches include future college coaches Tom Cooper of Parkland and Ron Rose of Illinois Wesleyan. A number of great players have played as Ironmen including: Harold Nord, Randy Smithson, Todd Kagel, Chad Huston, Anthony Beane, Alex Peacock, and Tyler Seibring.
Joining Coach Dave Witzig (center) on the court is Jeff Findley, Milan Jackson, and Bill Kemp of the McLean County History Museum - all of whom have helped research Ironmen basketball history. Congratulations to all NCHS players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
Preceding an important Little Illini Conference Showdown on Friday, November 30, IBCA Basketball Museum of Illinois Chairman, Bruce Firchau presented Coach Shawn Nugent, his staff, and the current Tiger boys team with a 1500 victory plaque. Paris High School currently has 1766 wins. Since 1909, the Tigers have won an exceptional 43 regional titles and earned 12 state tournament appearances, along with one 4th place finish, one 3rd, two 2nd’s and two state titles.
Hall of Fame Coaches that paced the court side for Paris include legendary coach Ernie Eveland and Gene Gourley.
Congratulations Coach Shawn Nugent and all players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.
Former IBCA President and Hall of Fame Coach, Ken Crawford presents current Carmi – White County head coach Kevin Wolff with an IBCA 1500 Victory School Plaque. A great number of former coaches and players were also present for the occasion on Tuesday, December 4th preceding a non-conference tilt with the Norris City – Omaha – Enfield Fighting Cardinals.
Carmi-White County High School has 1510 victories with win #1500 occurring on January 19, 2018. Since 1912, the Bulldogs have won an exceptional 23 regional titles, 4 sectional crowns and a trip to the state tournament in 1999 under the direction of Coach Brad Lee.
Former coaches include IBCA Hall of Famers John McDougal and David Lee.
Congratulations to all former coaches and players along with all Bulldog fans!
On Friday, December 7, a nearly packed Changnon Gym watched Mt. Vernon High school host the Carbondale Terriers for an important South Seven Conference contest. Preceding the game, former Ram player and current head coach Doug Creel, along with his team, was presented the IBCA School Victory plaque by Recording Secretary Steve Allen.
Currently listed as #5 all-time Illinois Boys HS with 1920 victories, the Rams have won an unprecedented 59 district or regional titles, earned 12 state tournament appearances, and captured 4 state championships.
Great players wearing the Orange & Black include Max Hooper, who scored 36 points in the 1950 state championship game and more recently, Kent Williams, who played at SIU-Carbondale and was inducted in the MVC Hall of Fame in 2018.
IBCA Hall of Fame coaches include Stan Changnon and Lee Emery. Current Coach Creel is the all-time winningest coach in Mt. Vernon history with 314 victories.
Congratulations to everyone involved with Mt. Vernon basketball over that past 112 seasons!
Preceding their boys basketball game, on Friday, December 21, with the Princeville Princes, Roanoke-Benson High School accepts an IBCA 1500 School Victory Plaque from IBCA Hall of Fame Chairman Mark Kleemann. Pictured above at Dick Broers Gymnasium with Mark Kleemann are former varsity coaches: Dick Broers (with plaque), Roger Wiseman, Pat Durley, Derek Sieg, Super-fan Delbert Shirley, former coach Bill Zeman, and current coach Abe Zeller.
Since 1900, the Rockets have 1668 wins and have captured 19 district or regional titles with a trip to the State Tournament in 1977.
Other coaches who had a part in helping reach the 1668 wins in the history of Roanoke and Roanoke-Benson boys basketball include: Raymond D. Yeck, Charles Thompson, Lawrence Cravens, Brad Stuart, John Giesler, and Matt Gordon,
At this time, the IBCA congratulates all the coaches, players, cheerleaders, and fans – past and present – on this great achievement.