IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Players

Brad WarbleName: Brad Warble

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(LaGrange) Lyons High School
Eastern Illinois University
NBA: Suns and Braves

 

Biography:  Brad Warble is remembered by Lyons Township (LaGrange) Hall of Fame coach Ron Nikcevich as the perfect example of a complete basketball player. “He defended, rebounded, scored, dribbled and led,” Nikcevich said of the 6-foot-5 Warble. “What position did he play? You name it.”  Warble was the leader of the 1970-71 and 1971-72 Lions, who had a combined record of 43-9 and dominated the West Suburban Conference at 25-3. The 1971-72 team won the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Tournament as Warble made first-team all-tourney. Warble also captained the Lions to York IHSA Regional and Elk Grove IHSA Sectional Class AA titles.   Warble was an instant starter at Eastern Illinois University and held that role through his senior year. He was named the Panthers’ defensive player of the year each season. He became honorary captain and made all-star teams in 1975 and 1976. As a senior he led the Panthers to third place in the NCAA Division II tournament. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns in 1976 and signed as a free agent a year later with the Buffalo Braves.  Warble went on to become president of his own sporting goods company in LaGrange and conducted youth basketball programs that attracted nearly 300 participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron ShogerName: Ron Shoger

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Waterman High School
DeKalb High School
Northwestern University

 

Biography:  Ron Shoger’s basketball career featured stops at Waterman and DeKalb High Schools and Northwestern University. He averaged 24.3 points as a sophomore and 25.5 as a junior and scored 1,202 points at tiny Waterman. Shoger led the Little 10 Conference in scoring and was named all-conference twice. As a junior he was named all-DeKalb Holiday Tournament.  Shoger transferred to DeKalb High School for his senior year and continued his torrid scoring. He averaged 24.3 points for a total of 802 as the 29-4 Barbs were Upstate Eight co-champions, DeKalb Holiday Tournament champions and fourth-place finishers in the 1968 state tournament. Shoger scored 59 points in 4 tourney games.  At Northwestern, Shoger was a three-year letterman from 1968-72 and started approximately half the games. One of Shoger’s biggest moments was scoring 35 as a junior against top-ranked Kentucky. Shoger taught mathematics and coached basketball, golf and tennis at St. Charles High School.

 

 

 

 

Steve RayName: Steve Ray

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Collinsville High School
The University of Tennessee

 

Biography:   Steve Ray is another IBCA Hall of Famer to hail from Collinsville High School. He played on the Kahoks’ third-place finisher in the 1978 IHSA Class AA state tournament along with fellow 2000 inductee John Belobraydic. Ray contributed 58 points in the four tourney games in the final season for legendary coach Vergil Fletcher (IBCA Hall of Fame Coach inductee in 1973).  As a senior, Ray averaged 22 ppg and was all-Southwestern Conference.  Ray was a four-year letterman at the University of Tennessee on teams that won a total of 110 games. All four teams made the NCAA tournament and two reached the NCAA Sweet 16.  Ray and the Volunteers won Southeastern Conference championships in 1979 and 1982.  At the time of his induction, Ray owned an information technology business.

 

  

Veda SargentName: Veda Sargent

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Fenger High School
Illinois State University

 

Biography:  For nearly three years Veda Sargent didn’t know what losing was. She was a four-year starter and captain for Chicago Fenger’s girls basketball team from 1973-77. Fenger was undefeated her first three seasons and headed that way in Sargent’s senior year but the Lady Titans were beaten 43-38 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the first IHSA girls state tournament by eventual champion Sterling. Sargent scored 11 points.  Sargent played three years at Illinois State University and graduated in 1982.  At the time of her induction, Veda was the Associate Recreational Director at Mississippi State University. She moved on to the University of South Carolina where she became the Associate Director of Campus Recreation.  She also officiated high school and women’s college basketball.

 

 

Mike OwensName: Mike Owens

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Galesburg High School
Bradley University
MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 

 

Biography:  Mike Owens teamed with Bobby Joe Mason at Bradley University to form one of the greatest guard duos in the country after a fine career at Galesburg High School. Owens played on the 1955 Silver Streaks’ team under Frank Adams, which was a 66-60 overtime victim of Elgin in the state tournament quarterfinals.  In 1956, under legendary coach John Thiel, the Streaks were a sudden death overtime loser to eventual state champion West Rockford in the first year of super-sectional play. As a senior, Owens was named to the Chicago Daily News and Champaign News-Gazette all-state teams.  Owens went to Bradley and played on a 15-0 freshman team coached by Joe Stowell in 1956-57. The next three years, Owens was a starter for Chuck Orsborn. He totaled 773 points in 81 career games and helped the Braves to a 72-13 record (.847) with three National Invitational Tournament trips and a runnerup finish in 1959. The following year, Owens was named team MVP as he led Bradley to the second of its four NIT titles with regular-season victories over No. 11 St. Louis University and top-ranked The University of Cincinnati.  Owens played minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates system before transitioning to teaching and coaching. He spent three years at (Bartonville) Limestone High School, five at Wheeling High School, one as an assistant at Northwestern University and four at his alma mater, where he led the 1975-76 team to a 27-4 record and the IHSA Class AA Elite Eight. He became principal at Galesburg High School and the athletic director at Moline High School.  Owens has twice been named to Bradley’s Athletic Hall of Fame and twice to the IBCA Hall of Fame for his individual accomplishments and the 1960 Bradley NIT champions. He is also a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.