IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Teams

 

1941 Waterman HS BoysName: 1940-41 Waterman High School Boys' Team

Year Inducted: 1983

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Waterman High School

 

Biography:  Waterman High School was coached by Hall of Famer Joseph W. Hartley (1982 inductee).  This 1940-41 team was called the "Wonder Prep Quintet" of Northern Illinois.  With an enrollment of only 109 students, the Fliers played many larger schools.  Waterman only lost 3 games that year.  Their final loss was to eventual state champions (Cicero) Morton High School in the IHSA Quarterfinals.  They had beaten Morton earlier in the season.  The team was noted for its amazing shooting ability, for its composure, and for its great defens.  The team was led by all-state player Ken Marshall and Farwell Sawyer, the leading scorer of the team.  The final record for the Fliers was 28-3.

 

 

 

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R):  (Insert)--Manager John Eakle, Kenneth Marshall, John Agnew, Gene Schultz, Farwell Sawyer, Don Leiifheit, and Manager John Babcock.  

Front Row (L to R):  Gaylord Tate, Bill Charlesworth, Bill Wangler, Joe Larson, Don Charlesworth, and Coach Joe Hartley.

 

1954 Chicago St. Mel BoysName: 1953-54 Chicago St. Mel Boys' Team

Year Inducted: 1983

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Mel High School

 

Biography:  St. Mel was the first catholic school at the time to sweep all four major crowns in the City of Chicago--The St. George Holiday Tournament, North Division Catholic Title, The Chicago Catholic League Championship and the Chicago City Championship.  In the city title game, St. Mel defeated another Hall of Fame team, Coach Jim Brown's DuSable HS by a score of 83-74.  Over 20.000 people jammed into Chicago Stadium for the game--the largest crowd to see a high school game in Illinois.  St. Mel was coached by Jim Weaver who had previously won a City Championship at St. Patrick HS.  St. Mel was led by all-state guard Ed Gleason, who went on to play at Notre Dame University.  The overall record was 26-5.  Also on this team was Gene Pingatore, who went on to become the winningest boys' coach in the state of Illinois at Westchester St. Joseph HS.

 

 

 

 

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R):  Ed Ahern, Dennis Migala, Bob Slawinski, Mike Gentile, Mike Hawkins, and Bill Spillane.

3rd Row (L to R):  Manager John Sullivan, Bill Suffka, John Dineen, Mike Carosiell, Bob Bober, Ed Gordon and Manager Ray Peterson.

2nd Row (L to R):  Jim Gilboy, Ed Gleason, Coach Jim Weaver, Brother Jerome DAvid, Andy Sloan and Pat Boyle.

Front Row (L to R): Jerry Kowalski, Gene Pingatore.

 

 

1999 Nokomis GirlsName: 1998-99 Nokomis High School Girls' Team

Year Inducted: 2012

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Nokomis High School

 

Biography:  Entering the 1998-99 season, the Nokomis Girls' Basketball Team was feeling the pressure to defend their state championship from the previous season.  They played a tough schedule against some of the best teams in Illinois.  In the IHSA state finals, they faced and defeated (Quincy) Notre Dame High School in the quarter final game by a score of 44-40.  The semi-final opponent was another traditional state power, Okawville High School.  They moved to the title game with a 63-54 victory.  In the championship, they faced the #1 rated Carrollton High School team.  The Nokomis squad was again victorious by a score of 45-40 in overtime, securing a 2nd consecutive title.  Molly McDowell led the team and earned numerous postseason honors including Ms. Basketball for 1999.  Molly then played for SIU-Carbondale.  Several of her teammates also played collegiately including Carrie Eisenbarth--Eureka College; Bonnie Brownback--Illinois College; Jessica Hough--Illinois Wesleyan Unversity; Va' Nicia Waterman--Bradley University; and Lindsay Stauder--Illinois College.  Sadly Head Coach Maury Hough  was unable to attend the induction as he lost his battle with cancer in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Assistant Coach Rachelle McDowell, Bernadette Marty, Ashlee Keller, Emily Heck, Jess Hough, Va' Nicia Waterman, Misty Johnson, Lindsay Stauder, Cassie Engelhart, Lora Ruppert, and Head Coach Maury Hough.

Front Row (L to R): Dee Eck, Jessica Aherin, Crystal Hayes, Molly McDowell, Carrie Eisenbarth, Bonnie Meiners, Rachelle Detmers, Jana Spears, Sarah Marques, and Tisha Morris.

 

 

chicago Leo 2004Name: 2003-04 (Chicago) Leo High School Boys' Team

Year Inducted: 2012

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Leo High School

 

Biography:  (Chicago) Leo High School put the finishing touches on a dream season by capturing the school's 1st ever IHSA Basketball Title with a 65-57 victory over Winnebago High School for the Class A crown in 2004.  The Lions opened state tournament play with a 59-43 victory over (Breese) Central High School.  In the semi-final game,  Leo advanced to the title game with a 70-56 win over (Quincy) Notre Dame High School.  The Lions were led by Frank Clair, Alan Downing, Tracy Robinson, Keelan Donald and Terrance Robinson.  The head coach was Noah Cannon, assisted by William Hawkins, Robert Schablaske, James Hawkins, and Daniel McGuire.

 

 

 

1998 Nokomis GirlsName: 1997-98 Nokomis High School Girls' Team

Year Inducted: 2012

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Nokomis High School

 

Biography:  The Lady Redskins continued their 30-game win streak through the state championship as they beat the number one rated team in the state, Carthage High School by a score of 70-60.  The team was led by Molly McDowell who was named to the first team all-tournament squad and was also a 1st team all-state selection by the IBCA.  This squad brought the first state championship in any sport to the town.  Coach Maury Hough was named the IBCA Class A Coach of the Year.  Molly broke the record for individual scoring at the state tournament with a 3-game total of 87 points.  She also set a state title game record with 35 points.  Nokomis defeated a taller (South Holland) Seton Academy team in the quarter final game by a 64-38 score.  The team set a single game state tournament record with 11 3-point shots made.  In the semi-final game, they defeated 4th ranked (Sterling) Newman High School by a 68-47 score.  After the title game win, the ladies finished the season with a 33-2 record.  Sadly, Coach Hough was not able to enjoy the 2012 Hall of Fame induction as he lost his battle with cancer in 2004.

 

 

 

 

Team Picture:

Front Row (L-R):  Tisha Morris, Lora Ruppert, Amy Braye, Andrea Probst, Va' Nicia Waterman, Emily Heck, Corinne Hadley and Jaynen Kates.

Back Row (L-R):  Coach Rachelle McDowell, Jana Spears, Rachelle Detmers, Bonnie Brownback, Amy Prater, Molly McDowell, Carrie Eisenbarth, Crystal Hayes, Ashlee Keller, Jess Hough, Misty Johnson, Cassie Engelhart, Coach Maury Hough.