IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Friends

George SlafkoskyName: George Slafkosky

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Kirkland-Hiawatha High School
DePaul University
(Rockford) St. Thomas High School

 

Biography:  George “Scoop” Slafkosky was a former Pennsylvania all state high school player. After attending Temple University, he was named to the Armed Forces all-star team during WWII before playing professionally with the Bethlehem Sokuls, Wilmington Bombers, and the Rockford All Stars. He coached at Kirkland-Hiawatha High School and Rockford’s old St. Thomas High School. As a teacher at Rockford East High School, George authored a book on the 1955 Rockford West State Championship team. A close friend of DePaul Coach Ray Meyer, George served as a basketball scout for the Blue Demons and was written up in basketball scouting stories in the Saturday Evening Post and the Chicago Tribune. For his efforts, George was honored as DePaul University’s Booster Club Man of the Year in 1969. In 1988, George was awarded the IBCA Buzzy O’Connor Award for Lifetime commitment to the game of basketball. George passed away on December 8, 1996 at the age of 80.

 

Leonard SmithName: Leonard C. Smith

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Eldorado High School

 

Biography:  Leonard C. Smith is a familiar face for visiting teams to Eldorado High School basketball and football games. Leonard served as the school’s official timer for the two sports for 52+ seasons. He was a member of the Eldorado Board of Education and was instrumental in the construction of the school’s fine gymnasium. He has been honored by the Eldorado School District as well as the Southern Illinois Officials Association for his outstanding contributions to athletics in the Eldorado and Southern Illinois area.

 

Paul ReatherfordName: Paul Reatherford

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Friend of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
(Peoria) Notre Dame High School
(Peoria) Spalding High School

 

Biography:  Before Paul Reatherford started the careers of many Peoria area basketball players, he was enlisted in the US Navy during WWII and proudly served in the Pacific theater. Paul helped organize the Peoria Salvation Army Biddy Basketball program in the 1950’s. In 1953 his team won the Biddy Basketball championship held at Scranton, PA. In 1970, he again turned his hand to organizing. This time it was the Peoria Youth Basketball League. This league numbered more than 20 teams and 220 boys each year. Ages for the players was from 9 to 14 with the league’s theme “everyone plays” ; “participation is more important than winning.” Paul was honored by the Peoria Advertising and Selling club in 1976 as the winner of the “Neve Harms Award for Meritorious Service to Sports.” He served as a consultant and furnished prototypes of his basketball program on many occasions. Paul particularly supported the coaches and athletes at Peoria Spalding, Peoria Bergan (and Peoria Notre Dame after their merger). Throughout, along with fellow inductee Lefty Tyler, Paul was very active in the Peoria Old Timers Organization. Paul passed away on August 2, 2012 at the age of 86.

 

Don SloanName: Don Sloan

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Quincy High School
(Quincy) Notre Dame High School

Biography:  The Galesburg-Quincy basketball rivalry is one of the state’s keenest. One might wonder how many times the timer at Quincy High School, Don H. Sloan drew the wrath of the Galesburg fans. It is even more curious when one considers that Don was actually a graduate of Galesburg HS and was the timer for the Galesburg Grade School League for several years. Don served as six years as timer at Quincy Notre Dame High School and was the timer for the1974 and 1975 Class AA state tournaments. He was varsity golf coach for 24 years at QHS, varsity wrestling coach for 9 years, and line coach for 13 football seasons. Don was the first chairman of the Illinois Golf Coaches Association and was named Golf Coach of the Year in 1972. He served as a timer for football, soccer and basketball in Quincy for nearly 40 years.

 

Elvin RigdonName: Elvin Rigdon

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Friend of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Pinckneyville High School

 

Biography: Elvin J. Rigdon became a walking encyclopedia of Pinckneyville High School basketball, he was a proud member of the US Army and served with dignity and bravery. He met his wife while playing on a base softball team as she was the score keeper.  After settling in the southern part of Illinois, he attended more than 1,200 Pinckneyville games, starting in the 1930’s. Additionally, he followed the teams to holiday tournaments for over 30 consecutive seasons. He traveled to Centralia, Edwardsville, Carbondale, and Eldorado. He watched all games in those tournaments, not just the ones involving Pinckneyville. Elvin watched state tournaments from the early days of Huff Gymnasium in Champaign. He also was quick to provide time and transportation to the players of the Pinckneyville program. Elvin passed away on March 30, 2014 at the age of 100.