IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Media

Don WerntzName: Don Werntz

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Freeport High School
Highland Community College

 

Biography:  Don began broadcasting Freeport High School athletics in December, 1973 during his senior year as a student there.  He broadcast high school basketball and football for Big Radio in Freeport for 40+ years.  Big Radio is a 5-station conglomerate serving the northwestern part of Illinois.  Don broadcast games involving Freeport area boys and girls teams in state finals at Champaign, Peoria, and Normal.  He also has broadcast Highland Community College basketrball, which includes 6 trips to the Junior College National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.

 

Randy ListName: Randy List

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Centralia High School

 

Biography:  Randy became synonymous with Centralia High School athletics as he covered the Orphans for 35+ years as a sportwwriter for The Centralia Morning Sentinel newspaper.  Randy covered thousands of games in his long career and was on the scene for numerous IHSA state tournament games and events.

 

Scott BusboomName: Scott Busboom

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Decatur area High Schools
Millikin University

 

Biography:   Known as "The Golden Sports Voice of Decatur", Scott has broadcast 350+ boys' and girls' high school basketball games and 325+ Millikin University men's and women's games for WZUS-FM radio.  He broadcast the first Decatur high school girls' game on radio.  Scott helped form the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament and broadcast the first sports talk/call-in show in Decatur.  He was at the microphone for the Millikin women's 2005 NCAA Division III National Championship victory.

 

Don HamiltonName: Don Hamilton

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Jacksonville area High Schools
WEAI/WLDS Radio

 

Biography:  Don began broadcasting high school basketball games in 1973 for WEAI/WLDS Radio, the leaders in prep sports coverage in the Jacksonville area.  He was courtside for 3500+ games throughout his career.  Don has broadcast tournaments at Ashland, Winchester, and Waverly for 40+ years.  He helped plan and organize the stations' All-Star Basketball Games for 30 years.  These games raised more than $85,000 for charitable causes.

 

Harry Hillis JrName: Harry Hillis Jr.

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
The Olney Daily Mail
Associated Press 
NEC Writers' Association

 

Biography:  Harry spent 20+ years as the editor of the Olney Daily Mail. During that time, he wrote about Olney and North Egyptian Conference sports.  His basketball column "Double Dribbles" was a regular feature of the paper.  Harry won the first place state award for the best sports story by UPI in consecutive years,  1972 and 1973.  He co-authored a forth-Year History of the North Egyptian Conference with Hall of Fame Coach, Ron Herrin.  He served as a member of the AP rating and all-state board.  Harry also served as the president of the NEC Writers' Association.  Harry Hillis, Jr. passed away on December 8, 2017 at the age of 89.