History

Dolph Stanley Ron Bontemps
 
COACH AND STAR TEAM UP
Coach Dolph Stanley and star Ron Bontemps team up to test the new Beloit College (Wis.) glass backboards which are regulation for all colleges in the 1949-50 season.  Bontemps played for Taylorville High School in Taylorville, Illinois where Coach Stanley formerly coached.  Under his leadership, Taylorville became the first undefeated team in Illinois to win a state championship.  They were 45-0 in 1944.  Dolph became the head coach and athletic director at Beloit College in 1945. This picture was taken on November 10, 1949.


 
 
Spin Salario
This picture of Coach Spin Salario was taken on December 5, 1957.  Spin will lead Chicago Marshall to state championships in 1958 and 1960.  Marshall became the first Chicago Public League school to win the state championship.

Archive photos George Mikan
 
Photo of All American George Mikan who led DePaul University to the N.I.T. Championship in 1945.  Did you ever hear of the George Mikan Drill? (Shooting baby hooks left and right in a certain time limit.)

 
Archive pictures of Doug Collins
 
 This picture of Doug Collins was taken in 1973. Doug is an Olympic hero and was the first player selected for the NBA draft in 1973.

 
Archive Photos of Art Kimball
 
Art Kimball
 
Art Kimball contributed so much to Illinois Basketball.  He was an icon in the field of broadcasting.  You probably remember Art broadcasting our state tournaments, college and high school basketball on the radio air waves and being the master of ceremonies for the IBCA Hall of Fame Banquets.  Art is an IBCA Hall of Famer.

 
Archive photo of Jill Hutchinson
Jill Hutchinson is  well known nationally for her contributions to Women's Basketball.  She was a pioneer in bringing women's basketball to the forefront nationally, internationally and Illinois.  Jill coached at Illinois State University from 1971-1999, winning 428 games.  Her teams made six post-season appearances.  Jill also coached the 1983 USA Women's Team to the gold medal in the World Games.

 
Archive photo Hebron
1952 Hebron State Champion Starters.  Hebron is the only district school to win the state championship.

 
Dan Manoyan1Dan Manoyan2
 
Dan Manoyan (auhor of the book "Men of Granite") presenting to Kent Brown (sports information director for the University of Illinois) an Andy Phillip award.  Andy led Granite City to the state championship in 1940, and went on to star as one of the "Whiz Kids" at the University of Illinois.  After his playing days concluded for the "Fighting Illini", Andy went on to play for eleven years in the NBA.  
 
The second picture is a display gallery at the All State Arena featuring Andy and the "Whiz Kids".
 
These pictures came as a courtesy to us from Hall of Fame Official Babe Champion.

 
1937 Pel Mel
 
This is the front page from a four page Taylorville newspaper devoted to the state tournament in 1937.

 John McDougal Ernie Kivsto
 
Aurora rivalry in the 1960's & 70's, Coach John McDougal, Aurora (West) & Coach Ernie Kivsto, Aurora (East).  Both are Hall of Fame Coaches.  We believe Coach Kivsto won the first nine match-ups, then Coach McDougal won the next 10 times they met.

Kaylah Lincoln
Kaylah Townsell Galesburg vs Lincoln
Evan Massey Galesburg Illinois