IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Teams

Peoria Central HS 1908 BoysName: 1907-08 Peoria High School Boys' Team

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Peoria High School

 

Biography:  

Peoria High School (now known as Peoria Central) was declared the first Illinois State High School Basketball Champion in 1908. The finals were held at Oak Park, IL YMCA on March 28. Rock Island was defeated 48-29 for the championship. The team record that season was 17-1. The one loss was to Peoria Spalding 21-10 whom they had defeated at an earlier date by a score of 43-23. Some opponents that season were Bradley University, Rock Island, Ottawa, Rockford, Washington, Streator, and Davenport, IA. Home contests were played at the Peoria YMCA. The team was declared City Champions and apparently was invited to participate in the state tournament. An interesting highlight during the season, was the 105-23 victory over Streator. Bill Forrest scored 22 field goals in that game. He and Lynch Conway were the team’s high scorers for the season. In those days, there was a “jump ball” after every successful field goal.

 

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Frank Trefzger, Jim Luke, Coach Less Stresser, Charles Drysdale, and Lynton Turner.

Front Row (L to R): Frank Worley, Lynch Conway and Bill Forrest.

 

Cobden HS 1964 BoysName: 1963-64 Cobden High School Boys' Team

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Cobden High School

 

Biography:  The Cobden High School Appleknockers were one of the most successful district teams ever to compete in the IHSA State Tournament. Only Hebron, for its size, did better in the state tourney. The Appleknockers had a record of 32 wins and only 3 losses during the 1963-64 season.   They were an unusually tall team for a small school with four of the starters over 6’6”. They ran a disciplined offense that was the talk of the tournament in 1964. Nobody associated with the Illinois Tournament will ever forget the Appleknockers, who took home the 2nd place trophy that season.

Team Members in the Picture:

Pictured (L-R): R. Peterman; C. Neal; K. Flick; K. Smith; D. Crimmins; J. Smith; B. Smith; D. Marsh; R. Rich; R. Witthoft; J. Neal; R. Clutts; R. Garner; and Coach D. Ruggles. 

 

Bradley University 1950 MenName: 1949-50 Bradley University Men's Team

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Bradley University

 

Biography:  The 1949-50 Bradley Braves remain the only team in NCAA history to finish 2nd in both the NCAA and the NIT tournaments. The Braves were ranked as the number one team in the nation for the entire season. In the NCAA tournament, they beat Kansas, Baylor, and UCLA before losing the championship game to CCNY 71-68. The same two teams met in the NIT with a similar result. Bradley also won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship with an overall season record or 32-5.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Tom Peterson, trainer; Dave Humerickhouse; Paul Unruh; Elmer Behnke; Jim Kelly; Aaron Preece; Clarence Christie; George Chianakas; and Coach Forddy Anderson.

Front Row (L to R): Don Schnacke; Jack Hills; Joe Stowell; Billy Mann; Budd Grover; Fred Schlictman; Gene Melchiorre; Don Alford; and Dick Mize.

 

 

Bradley University 1960 MenName: 1959-60 Bradley University Men's Team

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Bradley University

 

Biography:  The 1959-60 Bradley Braves won the NIT and had a record of 27-2 which was the best winning percentage of any Bradley team of its era. In winning the NIT, the Braves beat Dayton, St. Bonaventure, and Providence by an average of 13 points. The team ended the year ranked 4th in both the AP and the UPI polls. Bradley was second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 12-2 record. They won 13 games by 20 or more points.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R):  Bobby Joe Mason; Ed Wodka; Mack Herndon; Chet Walker; Ted Horvath; Don Kissock; Lee Edwards; Coach Chuck Orsborn.

Middle Row (L to R): Manager Bob Carruthers; Ed Kissell; Dan Smith; Bob Ortegal; Al Saunders; Chuck Granby.

Front Row (L to R): Chuck Hewitt; Mike Owens; Chuck Sash; Larry Mormino; Mickey Tiemann; Ray Mack; Bill Roecker.

 

Dundee High School 1938 BoysName: 1937-38 Dundee High School Boys' Team

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Dundee High School

 

Biography:  The Dundee High School State Champions of 1938 was one of the great teams in an era when many excellent teams played throughout the state of Illinois. Losing only one game that year, the squad was known for their team discipline, great shooting and superior efforts on defense. Coach Eugene DeLacey is one of the original 1973 inductees to the IBCA Hall of Fame as a coach. His teams of the 1930’s and 40’s were among the best that the state had to offer.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): John Schumacher; Don Adams; Don Blancken; Chris Hansen; Art Melahn; John Heidenger.

Front Row (L to R): Julius Simonini; Clarence Massier; Bruce Eichler; Wally Fizimons; Fred Younghans.