The following high school basketball programs have recently achieved overall program victory milestones and have been honored by the IBCA for this tremendous accomplishment:
Preceding the LaSalle-Peru – Peru St. Bede boys varsity game on Tuesday, Dec. 5. IBCA Past-President and Hall of Fame Coach Steve Goers presented LaSalle- Peru coach Jim Cherveny and the current L-P team with a plaque congratulating the school’s 1500 victory milestone. A packed house was in attendance for the annual rivalry game between the Cavaliers and the Bruins. Coach Goers was one of a long line of great coaches at LaSalle-Peru. Others include: Gene Vance, Jack Margenthaler, and Chips Giovanine. L-P’s current win totals stand at 1522.
IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen presents current Peoria HS coach Dan Ruffin, and former coach Chuck Buescher with a plaque commemorating the Lions for their current total of 1795 school victories. The presentation was made on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Peoria – Urbana boys game. Many of Coach Buescher’s former players, including Coach Ruffin, were in attendance. Peoria HS has 5 state championships among their many state appearances.
IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen presents Pekin HS coach Jeff Walraven a plaque celebrating the Dragons 1656 total school victories. The presentation was made on Tuesday, Dec. 5 before the Pekin – Normal Community varsity game. Pekin HS has 2 state championships among their many state appearances and with their great history, continues to be one of the most celebrated programs in the state. Thanks to AD Rick Kestner, the Pekin Dragons and Normal Community Ironmen for a great evening of high school basketball.
Basketball Museum of Illinois Chairman, Bruce Firchau presents former Elgin HS coach Jim Harrington and current Maroon head coach Mike Sitter a plaque celebrating Elgin’s 1600 plus total school victories. The presentation was made on Tuesday, Dec. 5 before the Elgin – Elgin Larkin varsity game. A near sell-out crowd watched a great evening of high school basketball between the two Upstate Eight Conference rivals. Elgin HS has 18 state tournament quarterfinal appearances along with 2 state championships and 4 other state tourney trophies. With their great history, the Maroons continue to be one of the most celebrated programs in the state. Thanks to Elgin AD Paul Pennington, the Elgin Maroons, and the Larkin Royals for a great evening of high school basketball.
Before their December 8 boys varsity game with the New Berlin Pretzels, the IBCA presents the 1500 victory plaque to members of the Athens Warriors. IBCA Board of Director Jeff Abell is pictured with Athletic Director Tim Isringhausen, Principal Bill Reed, Head Coach Jeff Johnston, players Drayton Davis and Garrett Reichert. The Warriors will celebrate their 100th season next year and their history is as rich as any. Former IHSA and National Federation administrator H.V. Porter – who coined the term “March Madness” - started the program in 1919-1920.
Preceding the Centralia – Salem High School boys game at the 75th annual Centralia Holiday Tournament, Orphans Coach Lee Bennett accepts a long overdue 2000 victory plaque from IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen. Centralia currently has 2229 boys varsity wins and leads the nation in that category. Beginning in 1906-07, the Orphans were and still are a perennial state tournament contender. Some of the HOF coaches include the great Arthur Trout, Bob Bogle, Rick Moss, and current coach Lee Bennett. 18 state tournament appearances include a 4th place, two 3rd’s, three runners-up finishes, and three state championships. Centralia can lay claim to being the center of the Illinois High School basketball universe. Congratulations to all fans, families, players and coaches – past and present – for such a great accomplishment!
On January 19, 2017, the Teutopolis High School girls became only the 2nd school in Illinois to surpass the 1000 victory plateau when they defeated Trenton Wesclin. The IBCA presented the Wooden Shoes with a 1000 Victory plaque commemorating that achievement on Saturday, January 6 before the varsity game with the Breese Central Cougars. Along with dozens of former players and large contingent of current Jr. High and future T-town players in attendance, Board of Director Steve Allen presented the plaque to Coach Laurie Thompson. Pictured are Athletic Director Mike Wilson, former Coach Dennis Koester’s daughters, Holly and Katrina, former coach Wendy Hawickhorst, and current Coach Laurie Thompson.
The Wooden Shoes have 16 State Tournament appearances with three 3rd place, five 2nd place finishes and five State Championships.
On Saturday, Dec. 16, the IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen awards Teutopolis HOF coaches Lawrence Carie and Ken Crawford with a 1500 Victory plaque prior to the varsity game between the Wooden Shoes and the Robinson Maroons. Coach Carie began his tenure at T-town in 1958. Coach Crawford succeeded him in 1982 and retired in 2007. With the two at the helm, the Wooden Shoes won 1055 of the 1816 total victories that Teutopolis owned before this season began. The Shoes have won 31 regionals, 12 sectionals and in 1986, were crowned the 2A State Champions. Also pictured between the two legends is current coach Jason Hanson.
Preceding the Freeport – Sterling High Schools varsity game on Friday, January 5, IBCA Board of Director and Basketball Museum of Illinois Chairman, Bruce Firchau presents Freeport Varsity Coach Ryan Pierce with a plaque congratulating the school’s 1500 victory achievement. The Pretzels current total of 1562 victories along with several state tournament appearances and three state championships make Freeport one of the most prominent boys programs in Illinois. The 108 year history includes many great coaches – Adolph Rupp before he left for Kentucky – and players – 1950’s star Deacon Davis – who played at Iowa and the Harlem Globetrotters - and University of Illinois and IBCA HOF player Preston Pearson – who participated in 5 Super Bowls. Thanks to Athletic Director Jeff Fitzpatrick and to the Pretzel and Golden Warriors players and coaches for a great evening of Illinois high school basketball.
IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen presents Jane Love, daughter of former Coach Gil Love (1945-1961); Brad Riley, son of former Coach Dean Riley (1962-1979); and former Coach Gary Vancil (1982-1994) with a plaque commemorating Ottawa Township High School's 1500 boys basketball victories. That victory happened on December, 30, 2016. The three coaches combined for 900 of the Pirate's wins in their 109 year history. A huge thanks to AD Michael Cooper and current head Coach Mark Cooper for a great evening of high school basketball.
Preceding the Watseka - Iroquois West Raiders High School boys game on Friday, January 12, IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen presents four past and present Warriors Coaches with a 1500 victory plaque. The Warriors achieved that milestone on December 28 at the Bismarck-Henning BSN Classic. Pictured are HOF Keith Baldwin (1972-1991); Barry Bauer (2003-2012); current Coach Chad Cluver (2016-present) and former Baldwin assistant and head coach Rich Reynolds (1992-1998). The 1980's themed event - both teams sported throw-back uniforms - honored the 1987 and 1988 teams that reached the Class A Elite Eight. Congratulations to all fans, families, players and coaches - past and present - for such a great accomplishment! A special thanks to AD Barry Bauer for such a great and special evening! High School Basketball at its BEST!
IBCA Executive Director Jim Tracy presents Cissna Park former varsity coach Darryl Focken and current coach Kevin Long with a 1500 victory plaque celebrating the program's 1598 total school wins. The presentation was made on Saturday, January 27 before the Timberwolves - Milford Bearcat boys varsity game. Since 1923, Cissna Park HS, formerly known as the Red Devils, has earned 24 regional crowns as well as many Iroquois County Tourney titles and other invitational tournament championships in their great history. Cissna Park is known state-wide for their great basketball programs and continues to be a force in Class 1A. Thanks to AD Josh Landon and Coach Long for a great afternoon of high school basketball.
Representing Benton High School is IBCA Board of Director and current Benton Coach Ron Winemiller along with former Ranger coaches, Matt Wynn, Rich Herrin, and Rod Shurtz who are presented a long overdue 1500 victory plaque from BOD Steve Allen.. The presentation was made on Friday, Jan. 5 before the Benton - Massac County Patriots varsity game. A near sell-out crowd watched a great evening of high school basketball between the two Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference rivals. Benton HS has amassed over 1700 victories with several state tournament appearances. tourney trophies. The list of great players and coaches that have contributed to this milestone make the Rangers one of the premier boys programs in the state. A special presentation was made to Massac County head Coach Joe Hosman honoring him for reaching career victory #700. Thanks to Coach Winemiller for making this a great evening of high school basketball.
Collinsville and University of Illinois great Bogie Redman accepts the 2000 victory plaque from IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen before the Collinsville - Bethalto Civic Memorial Eagles varsity game on Saturday, January 27. The Kahoks are one of three Illinois High Schools to achieve the lofty 2000 win plateau and only one of six nation-wide. Earning their 2000 victory on January 20, 2012, Collinsville was long overdue for this prestigious award. Also celebrating this momentous occasion with Bogie Redman were many past players and coaches including IBCA Hall of Fame Collinsville player and coach Bob Bone as well as the current tribe of Kahoks. Collinsville lays claim to 24 state tournament appearances including two state championships in their 111 year history. Current coach and IBCA Hall of Famer, Darin Lee, - who just recently celebrated his 600th career victory - is just one of many great coaches in Collinsville's history. The presentation was held on Vergil Fletcher Court, named after the immortal coach who guided Collinsville from 1947-1978. Congratulations to all fans, families, players, and coaches - past and present - for such a great accomplishment.
Before the February 2 Apollo Conference boys varsity game between the Lincoln Railsplitters and the Mattoon Green Wave, Steve Allen, a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors presents a 1500 victory plaque to Lincoln Varsity Coach and current IBCA President, Neil Alexander and LHS principal, Todd Poelker. In 105 seasons, the "Railers" have amassed a total 1775 wins along with 53 regional titles, 13 sectional crowns, and 9 state tournament appearance. Coach "Al" has 641 of those victories. Some of the greatest LHS players include: Chuck Verderber, Norman Cook, Brian Cook, and both Alexander sons, Geoff and Greg. HOF coaches who have paced the Roy S. Anderson Gymnasium are Duncan Reid, Loren Wallace, and Cal Hubbard. Congratulations to all coaches, players, parents, and fans - past and present - that have made Lincoln Railsplitter basketball one of the premier programs in the state!
On Saturday, Feb. 3, IBCA Hall of Fame Chairman Mark Kleemann and BOD Steve Allen presents Galesburg former player and WAIK & WGIL sports announcer Jimmy Carr with a 1500 Victory plaque as current Coach Mike Reynolds looks on. A great day of basketball as St. Charles East hit the road for several levels of games during the afternoon between the Silver Streaks and the Fighting Saints at John Thiel Gymnasium. Coach Thiel (1956-1973), along with Gerald Phillips (1930-1950), own over 700 of the 1782 victories attributed to the Galesburg program. Special thanks to Coach Mike Reynolds and former coach and current principal Jeff Houston for organizing a great evening of Illinois High School Basketball.
Preceding a huge Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest between Olivet Nazarene University and Chicago Roosevelt University on Saturday, February 3, Executive Director Jim Tracy presents Coach Ralph Hodge and ONU with a 1000 victory plaque from the IBCA. Many former players and coaches, as well as, Athletic Director Gary Newsome and University President John C. Bowling were included in the presentation held at McHie Arena. Olivet's 1000 victory came at the expense of CCAC rival Judson University on January 10.
Coach Hodge is just the third coach in ONC Men's Basketball history following C.W. Ward (1967-1976) and Frank Wilson (1977-1979). Coach Hodge has guided the Tigers to 761 of those victories along with 15 regular season Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, 5 conference tournament championships, and 18 NAIA National Tournament appearances.
ONC is one of many great men and women programs - at all levels - in Illinois' collegiate ranks that have demonstrated great success throughout the years. The IBCA is proud to recognize all of our state's colleges and universities with our new school victory awards, our annual Coach of the Year honors, and our selection of the best college coaches into our Hall of Fame. Be assured that all of our colleges will be represented in our Basketball Museum of Illinois in Pontiac.
Hall of Fame Coach Dave Bennett and current Pittsfield High School Coach Brad Tomhave accept the 1500 victory plaque from Board of Director Steve Allen preceding the Friday, Feb. 9 varsity game between Pittsfield and Barry Western. Currently, the Saukees hold down 4th place in Illinois High School career victories with 1890. Since 1907, PHS has won 39 regionals, 16 sectionals, and were the 1991 Class A State Champions. Coach Bennett had a hand in 527 of those wins. A sell-out crowd witnessed a great "small town" high school basketball game between the Saukees and the Wildcats. Thanks to Coach Brad Tomhave and Principal Angie Greger for organizing a great event.
Class of 2018 Hall of Fame Coach Bob Waggoner accepts a 1500 victory plaque from IBCA Board of Director Steve Allen before the Saturday, Feb. 11 Pinckneyville - Nashville varsity game. Coach Waggoner joins Nashville's Coach Wayne Harre into the HOF fraternity this May at the IBCA's annual banquet held at Redbird Arena in Normal. Also preceding the River-to-River Conference game between the Panthers and the visiting Hornets was recognition of new HOF selections Bill and Judy Black, who will be inducted as Friends of Basketball, and Career Coach Mike Cheek, longtime assistant to HOF Coach Dick Corn and current Coach Bob Waggoner.
The Panthers currently have recorded 1826 victories in their 91 year history with 52 regional titles and 19 state appearances which includes three state championships. PCHS has been dominant, not only in Southern Illinois, but throughout the state of Illinois due to great coaches and great players who have worn the Panther jersey. Special thanks to Principal Dustin Foutch and Coach Bob Waggoner for organizing a great evening of high school basketball at Duster Thomas Gymnasium.