IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Media

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.

 

 

Don ArriesName: Don Arries

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  Along with Rick Hawley, Don Arries 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.  Don Arries died on October 8, 2019 at the age of 89.

 

Mark SchuckmanName: Matt Schuckman

Year Inducted: 2020

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Quincy High School
Quincy University
WGEM-Radio
Quincy Herald-Whig

 

 

Biography:  Matt has covered Quincy High School basketball for 20-plus years for the Quincy Herald-Whig and wrote a book, Stand Up and Cheer, about the first 100 years of the Blue Devil basketball program. He spent two years researching, interviewing and writing to make the book and DVD a reality.  Matt also has been beat writer for Quincy University basketball and serves as WGEM Radio color commentator for Quincy High School and Quincy University basketball. He has been doing the radio broadcasts since 2002.

 

Greg SwiderskiName: Greg Swiderski

Year Inducted: 2020

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
The Quincy Herald-Whig
The Daily Herald
The Chicago Sun-Times
The Austinite

 

 

Biography:  Greg wrote his first basketball story in February 1972, covering (Chicago) St. Patrick High School at (Niles)Notre Dame High School. Since then, he has covered high school basketball for 47 years, writing about more than 4,000 games and seeing more than 6,000.  Greg has written articles for the Austinite, Des Plaines Publishing, the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Quincy Herald Whig. He has traveled the state covering prep basketball, seeing up to 155 teams in one season.

 

Bill RichardsonName: Bill Richardson

Year Inducted: 2021

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Sun Commercial Newspaper
Lawrenceville Daily Record
WAKO Radio-Lawrenceville

 

Biography:  Bill spent more than 35 years covering and writing about sports in the Lawrenceville, Ill.,  and Vincennes, Ind., areas. He covered the southeastern Illinois region of Lawrenceville, Red Hill and Mount Carmel as well as schools in Indiana.  Bill worked at the Sun Commercial Newspaper in Vincennes, the Lawrenceville Daily Record and as a sports analyst at WAKO Radio in Lawrenceville. At the time of his induction, he was sports editor of the Lawrenceville Daily Record.