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John BelobraydicName: John Belobraydic

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Collinsville High School
The University of Arizona

 

Biography:  John Belobraydic was a two-year starter at Collinsville High School for Hall of Fame coach Vergil Fletcher. Both teams made it to Champaign and the 1977-78 team took third place in IHSA Class AA when Belobraydic tied a AA record with 24 rebounds in a 96-65 win over Rockford East High School in the third-place game. In 8 state tournament games he had an average of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Belobraydic averaged 20.7 points on 56.9 percent field goal shooting and 9.7 rebounds for the 28-3 Kahoks. He was named all-state, all-Metro and all-conference and played in the IBCA All-Star Game. As a junior, Belobraydic averaged 14 points as the Kahoks were 30-1 and lost in the quarterfinals to (Chicago) DeLaSalle High School.  Belobraydic was a four-year letterman at Arizona and was named Outstanding Freshman Athlete of the Year for 1978-79. A co-captain in 1982, he was selected for the Golden Eagle Award for excelling in athletics and academics.  Belobraydic became a pharmacist/pharmacy manager in Tucson, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom LundstedtName: Tom Lundstedt

Year Inducted: 1995

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Mt. Prospect) Prospect High School
The University of Michigan
MLB:  Cubs, Twins

 

Biography:   Tom was a three-sport star at (Mt. Prospect)  Prospect High School in football, basketball, and baseball.  He was a captain in all three sports.  Tom graduated with 11 Prospect hoops records---highlighted by most career points (1,222 in 1964-67), most single-season points (580 in 1965-66), best single-season field-goal percentage (.633 in 1965-66), most single-game points (47 vs. Taylorville in 1966-67), and Prospect (Walker) Field House single-game points (42 vs. Forest View in 1966-67).  He was a two-time Mid-Suburban League scoring champion (1965-67) and led the team to a 51-17 record during his career (7-1 at  the prestigious Pontiac Holiday Tournament).  His accomplishments allowed him to receive 300 college scholarship offers in basketball and baseball.  As a senior, Tom was 1st-Team Chicago American All-State, 1st-Team Chicago Daily News All-State and All-Area, 2nd-Team, and Special Mention Champaign News-Gazette All-State.   Tom played basketball and baseball at Michigan where he led the Wolverine freshmen in scoring before deciding to concentrate on baseball after several ankle injuries.  Tom reached the majors with the Cubs and Twins briefly before retiring from his playing career in 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Sheldon ThompsonName: Sheldon Thompson

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Newark High School
Illinois Wesleyan University

 

Biography:  Sheldon Thompson established scoring and rebounding records while earning Chicago Daily News Little All-State recognition. He was an All-Little Ten Conference selection while competing at Newark High School. Thompson established scoring and rebound records at Illinois Wesleyan University that lasted until NBA star Jack Sikma bettered them in 1976. Thompson still ranks high on the career list with his 1,573 points as a Titan. He averaged 18.7 as a senior in 1971, when he scored 485 points.  The 6’ 2” Thompson’s career 1,069 rebounds at Illinois Wesleyan allowed him to be named to the NAIA District 21 All-Star team in 1971 the Titans won the title for the second straight year. He was named as an All-CCIW team member in 1971. It was also 1971 when Thompson was named most valuable player at Illinois Wesleyan.

 

 

Will WatsonName: Will Watson

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Tremont High School
The University of Illinois

 

Biography:  On Dec. 17, 1963, Will Watson set the Tremont High School individual game scoring record of 51 points as the Turks played Minier HS. Watson was a scoring machine for the Turks during his four seasons. He continues to rank high on the Illinois high school career list with 2,293 points (Note:  there was no 3 pt rule in place during this era). Watson averaged 21 ppg for his four-year career at Tremont. His 30.8 scoring average as a senior also ranks the 6’ 2” Watson among the All-Time Illinois Average Leaders. Watson’s 34.5 ppg average and 345 points was the standard for the now disbanded Illinois Conference. His 876 career points and 22.5 average were also Illio marks. Three times he was named All-Illio, twice made the Little All-State teams and was accorded fourth team All-State honors by the Rockford papers in 1964 when he was also named Honorable Mention All-American by Coach & Athlete Magazine. Watson’s four Tremont teams won 85 games and lost 26, won three Tazewell County titles, three district championships, shared an Illio Conference title and won two Green Valley Holiday Tournaments. An outstanding hurdler, Watson attended the University of Illinois on a track scholarship. After playing on the freshman basketball team at Illinois, he directed his abilities to track for the remainder of his college days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norm SwansonName: Norm Swanson

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Schurz High School
The University of Detroit
NBA: Rochester Royals

 

Biography:  Although Norm played just one season for (Chicago) Schurz High School, he starred for parts of 4 seasons at the University of Detroit. In each of those seasons (some were not full seasons), Norm was the leading scorer.  During his sophomore and junior years Norm was also the leading scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Norm was the team MVP for his final 2 seasons and the team captain his senior season of 1952-53.  He was a 2nd round draft pick of the Rochester Royals of the NBA.  After starring in several all star games, Norm traveled with the college all-stars as they played their annual series of games against the Harlem Globetrotters.  Norm Swanson died on November 24, 2016 at the age of 86.