IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Media

Pete SwansonName: Peter Swanson

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
The Daily Illini
Champaign News-Gazette
Champaign-Urbana Courier
The City News Bureau of Chicago

 

 

Biography:  Pete Swanson started his association with Illinois prep and college basketball while still in high school.  He continued his sports writing at The Daily Illini, Champaign News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana Courier, and The City News Bureau of Chicago both as a student at the University of Illinois and afterward.  Although most of Pete's career took him to Ohio and then to southwestern Indiana (Evansville), he continued to cover Illinois basketball.  He covered the Lee Cabutti 1969 run to the IHSA Final Four in Champaign.  He was present in 1961 to see Rich Herrin's first IHSA super-sectional win for Benton High School.  Twenty-four years later, Pete would cover Rich's appointment as the head coach at Southern Illinois University.  In 1967, Pete was late arriving in New York, but was able to be courtside as Clarence Smith scored the first basket of the game just 32 minutes after the plane landed.  Pete enjoyed seeing SIU become the first college division team to win the NIT by defeating Marquette University.  

 

 

Dan SchnoekerName: Dan Schnoeker

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
WHCO
IHSA

 

Biography:  Dan Schnoeker of WHCO in Sparta has proven that he could broadcast a 10:30am game in Edwardsville High School and still be courtside for a 1:00pm game at (Breese) Mater Dei High School.  In doing so, he found that there's a stop sign in the middle of tiny Marine, IL.  He showed that he could broadcast a 10:30am game at Carbondale High School and still make a 2:00pm game at Columbie High School.  Dan broadcast 2,500+ high school football and basketball games in the 22 years leading to his 1986 induction.  All games were broadcast over the airwaves of WHCO radio.  One of his career highlights was broadcasting the IHSA state finals where he was joined by 5 broadcasters that he had trained, all doing games for different stations.  Dan has been as far south as Meridian and Metropolis, southwest to St. Louis, northwest to Quincy, and as far east as Olney and Mt. Carmel.  During one 3-year stretch, Dan broadcast all 23 games of the Carbondale Holiday Tournament and the final 7 games of the Centralia Holiday Tournament (30 games in 4 days).  His first assgnment was as a color commentator in November of 1963.  His first play-by-play came in February of 1964 for a Steelville-Elverado game.  Dan died on April 2, 1994 at the age of 58.

 

 

 

Jud JonesName: Judson Wayne Jones

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Monmouth Atlas Review
Monmouth College
Monmouth High School

 

Biography:  Judson Wayne Jones had retired as sports editor of the Monmouth Atlas Review when Monmouth High School basketball coach Mike Mueller took over. Mueller had heard so much about Jud Jones he saw fit to nominate him for this award. “All I heard about since coming to Monmouth is about Jud Jones,” said Mueller. Jones was a standout high school athlete at Loveland, Colo., in football, basketball and track. He attended Monmouth College where he won letters in football, 4; basketball, 3; and track, 4.  He coached football at Staunton High School along with tennis. He served as Monmouth Sports Editor from 1956 to 1979. With help from Hank Stern and student help, Jones followed more than 30 high schools in his area along with Monmouth College and the Midwest College Conference. As a result, thousands of people listed him as a friend including school officials, coaches, athletes, and fans. Jones said of his Hall of Fame selection, “I never expected or worked for a Hall of Fame… I only tried to my job.”  Jud died in 1994 near the age of 91.

 

 

 

Bernie McCartyName: Bernie McCarty

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Worth-Palos The Reporter

 

Biography:  Bernie McCarty served for 25+ years as the Sports Editor of the Worth-Palos The Reporter.  He followed basketball throughout the southwestern suburbs of Chicago.  His work was so appreciated by the coaches of the former SICA North conference, that they unanimously approved of his hall of fame nomination.  Bernie felt that his syle of writing was reflective of an earlier era.  He wrote with a great deal of enthusiasm with plenty of adjectives used to create a clipping that players could show their own kids in later years.  Bernie realized that very few of the athletes he covered would ever go on to collegiate success so he tried to give them great coverage for their high school successes.  He showed who won the game in the first paragraph as he felt that readers preferred this to the style where the winner was shown at the end of the article.  He refused to print negative information and did not name a kid whose mistake led to a loss for his team.  Bernie was devoted to high school sports and those who coached and played them.

 

 

 

Rick HawleyName: Rick Hawley, Jr.

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  Along with Don Arries, Rick Hawley Jr. produced the Illinois High School Association Basketball Tournament telecasts for nearly three decades (28 years). They did the first telecast of March Madness, featuring Hebron’s Green Giants in 1952, when they defeated Quincy 64-59. The telecast, from old Huff Gymnasium, was the first basketball assignment for Jack Drees and the first basketball television appearance by Chick Hearn. Ten more of these telecasts would originate from Huff before Arries and Hawley’s show moved to the Assembly Hall in 1963. The pair continued their show at the Assembly Hall until 1979. They conceived and developed the now famous “Tournament Central” still a part of the telecasts. Rick died on March 7, 1996 at the age of 81.