1960-61 Collinsville High School Boys’ Team

Year Inducted: 1973

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: Collinsville High School

Biography: The Collinsville Kahoks were the undefeated 1961 IHSA State Champions at 32-0.  This Collinsville team was one of the truly great state champions in Illinois history.  They averaged 77 points per game while only allowing 55 points per game.  (Note:  This was prior to the three-point field goal being added to high school basketball.)  The 1961 Kahoks were the originators of the famous “Ball Press Defense” and were considered one of the best shooting teams of all time.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back row (L to R): Asst. Coach Bill Hellyer, Than Byrkit, Ronnie Matikitis, Joe Brennan, Harry Hildreth, Asst. Coach Bert Weber

Front Row (L to R): Bob Meadows, Ron Mottin, Fred Riddle, Coach Vergil Fletcher, Bogie Redmon, Robert Basola, Robert Simpson, Mascot Marc Fletcher