IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Media

Larry WattsName: Larry Watts

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Pioneer Press/Wheeling
 

Biography:  Larry was with the Pioneer Press from 1976 to 2008, leading the expansion of girls' sports coverage.  He won 100+ awards nationally and statewide for his writing and sports coverage.  Larry won the Peter Lisagor Award for his series on the lack of role models for female athletes.  He initiated the Pioneer Press All-Area Sports Banquet, honoring 110 athletes in 9 IHSA sports.

 

Alan SuttonName: Alan Sutton

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald

Biography:  Alan began at the Chicago Tribune in 1976 and took over the newspaper's girls'basketball beat in 1996.  Covering more than 1,000 games, he became a voter on the Associated Press state poll and helped select the Gatorade Athlete of the Year.  Alan also compiled the Ms. Basketball ballot in Illinois for many years.  Prior to joining the Tribune, he worked for the Rochester (NY) Times Union; The Boston Globe, The St. Petersburg Times; The Daily Herald and the Miami Herald.

 

Brad McClayName: Brad McClay

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
WNSV-FM, Nashville
Nashville High School

 

Biography:  At the time of his induction, Brad had been the play-by-play announcer for Nashville High School football and basketball for 25 years.  He is known for his "computer memory" of games, scores, facts, and figures regarding the Nashville Hornets and IHSA Class A basketball.  Brad has performed his duties with professionalism while also injecting humor into his broadcasts.

 

Bill SondagName: Bill Sondag

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Marshall County Publishing
Lacon Home Journal/Toluca Star Herald
IBCA

 

Biography:  Bill has been covering basketball for the Lacon/Toluca newspaper for 40+ years, dating back to Ralph Hallam's Mid-County Bulldogs and Chuck Rolinski's Toluca Woldcats.  He still covers those teams but the schools have merged and are now Midland High School and Fieldcrest High School.  Bill has worked with the IBCA for 40+ years as well by setting the Hall of Fame and All Star Game programs for print.

 

Dennis MahoneyName: Dennis Mahoney

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Pioneer Press
Tinley Park Star-Herald
Quincy Herald-Whig

 

Biography:  Dennis worked for the Pioneer Press beginning in 1991, part of a 40+ year career as a sportswriter.  He covered the first IHSA Girls' State Basketball Tournament in 1977, covering the first nine tournaments.  Dennis has served as sports editor at the Tinley Park Star-Herald and the Quincy Herald-Whig.  He voted for the Ms. Basketball and Mr. Basketball awards since their inception.  He initiated the Illinois-Missouri all-star games in 1983 in Quincy.