IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Friends

Freeman TrotterName: Freeman J. Trotter

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Coal City High School

 

Biography:  At Coal City, Freeman Trotter outlasted four basketball coaches. Trotter displayed a great fondness for Coal City basketball for more than 50 years. For 35 seasons he was the official scorer for all Coalers’ varsity, junior varsity and conference basketball tournaments. Freeman was a fixture at Coaler games who was recognized by alumni and opponents alike. Freeman Trotter passed away on November 23, 2005.

 

Chris RinghausenName: Chris Ringhausen

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Jerseyville High School
Lewis and Clark Community College

 

Biography:  Chris Ringhausen served as official basketball scorer from 1944-1971 at Jerseyville High School. In those 27 years, Ringhausen can remember missing only two games and those were because of illness. Ringhausen also served as official timer for 10 years for the football team. Chris was chosen as the assistant scorer in the 1954 state tournament; he then served as chief scorer the next year. Ringhausen used his personal car to help transport the basketball team to away games from 1944 to the mid 1950’s at any time that bus transportation was a problem. A member of the school board for 14 years, he helped hire four coaches, one of whom is a member of the Hall of Fame. An original member of the Lewis & Clark College Board, the civic-minded Ringhausen served as a member of that board for 35 years. In 1998, the college named its new music building for Chris. Chris Ringhausen passed away on September 29, 2005.

 

George Nina MillerName: George and Nina Miller

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
(Champaign) Central High School
The University of Illinois

 

Biography: Two of the Champaign area’s top basketball fans were George and Nina Miller. They had attended more than 2,000 basketball games in the 45 years leading up to their 1981 IBCA Hall of Fame induction. The couple had the same seats in Champaign’s Combes Gymnasium from the time it opened. They had season tickets to the University of Illinois Basketball games since 1940. They were the type of fans who are the first into a gymnasium and almost the last to leave, even when their favorite team loses. The Millers have also been active for the Illinois wrestling team. George was a timer for most Illinois Big 10 wrestling meets. The Millers explain their devotion to Champaign Central and Illinois simply, as “We enjoy basketball.”

 

Rose RansteadName: Rose Ranstead

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Batavia High School

 

Biography:   The late Rose E. Ranstead saw her first basketball game in 1925 in her native Hartford City, Indiana. She was married to 1973 Hall of Fame member Barney in 1933. She was one of the chief reasons Barney is recognized throughout the state and northwest Indiana as one of the top high school basketball fans. She and Barney saw many games in the Batavia area when she attended games up and down the Valley (Fox River) by trolley. The third Ranstead son was baptized George Eugene for former Marmion Military and Loyola coach George Ireland and Dundee 1938 state champion coach Eugene DeLacey. Since 1964 she had seen every state tournament except in 1971. Rose and Barney raised 6 children while traveling the state to watch basketball games. Rose passed away on October 17, 1980.

 

Reid MartinName: Reid Martin

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Carbondale High School

 

Biography: Reid Martin has been deeply involved with Illinois High School Basketball throughout his career. He served an assistant basketball coach at Carbondale Community HS from 1953-58. During that period, Martin was a certified official and worked many games up to the regional level. He became Carbondale athletic director in 1963 and served in that position until 1976. In that capacity, Martin was involved with conceiving, initiating and directing the Carbondale Holiday Tournament, which has become one of the most prestigious in the state. A founder and charter member of the State Athletic Director’s Association, Reid Martin served as the group’s president in 1968-69. During that tenure, Martin was involved with initiating the two-class basketball system. He has also served on the IHSA Basketball Advisory Committee. Martin became superintendent of schools at Carbondale in 1976 to finish his career.