IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Friends

Bob WebberName: Bob Webber

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Herscher High School

 

Biography:  Bob was a fixture at the scorer's table for Herscher High School basketball games.  He ran the clock for boys' basketball games beginning with the  1987-88 season.  Bob's steady hand operated the clock at all of the Tigers' regular season home games as well as numerous conference, regional and sectional tournaments.  He did not miss a home game during his 26 year tenure.

 

Phil VeneziaName: Phil Venezia

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Centralia High School

 

Biography:  A 1970 graduate of Centralia High School, Phil was the record keeper of Centralia boys' basketball for over 30 years.  He had scores of every Centralia basketball game ever played and since 1985, recorded every player and his point total.  Phil was the Centralia Holiday Tournament's official record keeper.  He wrote summaries for the tournament booklet during this time period.  Phil began as a season ticket holder for Orphans' games in 1967 and began as the president of the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.  

 

Rick StepheyName: Rick Stephey

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Lexington High School

 

Biography:  Known ad "Doc" in his beloved hometown of Lexington, Rick wrote a 416 page book in 2004 titled, The Complete History of Lexington High School Basketball, 1900-2004.  A dentist by trade, he was a Lexington graduate who had a deep love for the school's athletic teams, especially basketball. Doc was active in the community, serving as president of the Jaycees and running the Little League Baseball program for 6 years.  Sadly, Lexington lost a most passionate supporter when a brain tumor took Rick on September 11, 2012 at the young age of 57.

 

Don StovallName: Don Stovall

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
St. Louis and East St. Louis Officials Associations.

 

Biography:  Along with his fellow inductees Joe Bates, Harvey Cloyd Sr., and Bobby Cole Sr.; Don Stovall was a pioneer in recruiting and developing officials in the St. Louis and East St. Louis areas.  He helped instill proper mechanics and fundamentals among veteran and beginning officials.  Don and his fellow leaders were available for rule book interpretation and case book knowledge.  They regularly evaluate officials on the junior varsity and varsity levels.

 

Marty SpearName: Marty Spear

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Mount Pulaski High School
Mount Pulaski Grade School

 

Biography:  Marty has been a volunteer timekeeper, bus driver, and assistant coach at Mount Pulaski High School and Grade School for  25+ years preceding his 2013 Hall of Fame induction.  He served Hall of Fame coach Ed Butkovich, Bill Rucks, Hall of Famer Jim Jumper and Ryan Deibert.  Marty kept time for the varsity, JV and freshmen boys and girls games.  He also has been an assistant coach for junior high boys and girls teams.  Many days he drove the bus for athletic and school events.