IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Officials

 

Stuart SchmidtName: Stuart Schmidt

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  Stuart Schmidt of West Frankfort was one of the premier basketball officials in Southern Illinois for 27 years. Schmidt worked 10 IHSA District assignments, 21 IHSA Regionals and three IHSA Sectionals. Schmidt worked tournaments at Carbondale, Centralia, Benton, Harrisburg, Ridgeway and McLeansboro. Besides basketball, Schmidt also officiated football for 27 years, was a starter in track for 40 years and umpired baseball for several years, including two at the IHSA State Tournament in Peoria.  Stuart died in January of 2008.

 

Ed NorfleetName: Ed Norfleet

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
Pontiac Holiday Tournament
Danville Holiday Tournament

 

Biography:  Ed Norfleet of Monticello had officiated for 24 years at the time of his induction. For nine years, Norfleet worked the Pontiac Holiday Tournament after spending four previous years at the Danville Holiday Tournament. Norfleet had drawn 18 IHSA Regional assignments, 11 IHSA Sectional and 7 IHSA Super-sectional assignments. Norfleet, three times was a member of the officiating crew of the IHSA Class AA Tournament. In 1976 Norfleet officiated (Peoria) Central High School’s 72-62 title win over (Springfield) Lanphier High School and in 1978 officiated (Lockport) Central High School’s 64-47 title win over (Westchester) St. Joseph High School.  Ed Norfleet died on August 14, 2018.

 

 

 

Jim BollingerName: Jim Bollinger

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
Carbondale Holiday Tournament
McCleansboro Holiday Tournament

 

Biography:    Jim served as a state high school basketball official for 24 years.  He was instrumental in encouraging new officials to study and strive for self-improvement.  He was always willing and eager to provide meaningful assessments of a young official's performance, highlighting their strong and weak points.  Jim was respected by coaches and officials for his knowledge, hustle, and fairness.  In his 1,200+ assignments, Jim worked numerous holiday tournaments, 16 IHSA Regional tournaments, 8 IHSA Sectional tournaments.  In 1972, '73, and '75 he worked the IHSA Class A State Finals in Champaign.  Jim Bollinger died on August 16, 2012 at the age of 84.

 

 

 

Bill EnglandName: Bill England

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
Peoria Officials Association
IHSA

 

Biography:  The Peoria area consistently produces some of the state’s top basketball officials. Bill England is one of them. England has officiated more than 900 varsity high school games in his 28 years behind the whistle. Included in his assignments were five IHSA Districts, 29 IHSA Regionals, 12 IHSA Sectionals and 8 IHSA Super-sectionals. Three times England served on the officiating crew of the IHSA Class A State Tournament, 1973, 1974 and 1976. In 1974, England worked the championship game when Lawrenceville nipped Ottawa Marquette 54-53. Two years later, with fellow Peorian, Dave Dwyer, England officiated Mount Pulaski’s 59-58 championship victory over ROVA. England also officiated the prestigious Pontiac Holiday Tournament for 19 years and for 8 years worked the Tri-County Conference Tournament.

 

 

Gil BlankenshipName: Gil Blankenship

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  Gil Blankenship, of Newark, officiated high school basketball for 20+ seasons in Illinois. Among his assignments have been 10 regionals. Holiday tournament fans at Minooka, Peotone, St. Charles, Pontiac, East Aurora and DeKalb have heard his whistle. Blankenship also officiated Conference tourneys for the Black Hawk Valley, Mid-State Eight, Illinois Valley, Little Ten, Fox Valley and Illini Eight. Gil was considered as one of the finest officials in Central Illinois and was highly respected by both fans and officials.  Gil died on April 21, 2012.