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!