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Marshall StonerName: Marshall Stoner

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Player

Schools / Organizations:
Henry-Senachwine High School
Western Illinois University
Pekin High School

 

Biography:  Marshall Stoner played for tiny Henry-Senachwine High School where he was a starter on the Mallard teams which posted 24-2 (1950-51) and 21-7 (1951-52) records.  The Mallards captured the Tri-County Conference Championships during both of these seasons.  The teams were ranked as high as 12th in the state .  Marshall was the team's leading scorer as a senior.  He is generally rememberd as Henry's all-time greatest basketball player,  Marshall was also an integral part of the great basketball successes enjoyed by Western Illinois University from 1952-56.  He started all but 4 games (missed due to injury) during those 4 seasons.  He set the school scoring record with 1,526 career points (remember that this was before the 3 pt line).  WIU won the IIAC title in 1955 and again in 1956.  The Leathernecks were rated the #1 small college team in the nation in 1956.  They made consecutive trips to the NAIA tournament , 1954 (2nd place finish), 1955 (3rd place finish), and 1956 (28-3).  Stoner was named to the WIU Hall of Fame in 1976.  His teams entered the IBCA Hall of Fame in 1977.  Marshall became a successful high school and college basketball coach with stops at the University of Illinois (assistant) and Pekin High School (head coach).