Name: Joe Stephenitch
Year Inducted: 2011
Category: Friends of Basketball
Schools / Organizations:
Mendota High School
(Gurnee) Warren Township High School
Biography: Joe developed into a "superfan" of high school basketball in his native Mendota and later at (Gurnee) Warren Township HS. He was inspired by Mendota basketball coach and business teacher Bob Beals to become a business teacher himself at Warren Township. Joe retired in 2008 after 31 years in education but continued to attend basketball games at Warren and throughout Illinois. From 1982-2008, he was the official timer for Warren boys' and girls' basketball at all levels.