Larry Graham Madison Second Class A coach to log two state championships, after Ron Felling…his 1977 squad ended years of frustration in Madison with a convincing win over Aurora Central Catholic in the title game…after a fourth-place finish in 1980, the 1981 squad turned the trick again with a win over Dunlap…coached his teams to a total of six state tournament appearances…native of Indiana. Dick Van Scyoc Washington, Peoria Manual Winningest boys coach in Illinois history 826 , exceeded Arthur Trout's record in his final season…also won his first state title in final game as a coach, downing Carbondale in 1994 title game…previously directed Manual to second place finish in 1991, third in 1986 and 1988, and a fourth in 1972, with his eventual successor Wayne McClain as a player…native of Eureka…attended Illinois Wesleyan and University of Illinois. The 100 Legends of March Madness are listed below along with a brief bio: Joe Allen Chicago Carver Muscular center on Carver's two state tournament squads…scored 51 points in the 1962 tournament, when Stephen Decatur upset Carver in the title game…came back with 67 in 1963 as Carver outlasted Centralia…notched 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the title game…made 50 of 85 field goals 59% in eight tournament games…played college ball at Bradley University. They were coached by legendary Freddie James and set a national record with 18 players signing college letters of intent. Veteran coach led Peoria Central to four title-game appearances…lost close championship battles in 1983 to Springfield Lanphier and 1989 triple overtime to East St. Roger Powell Joliet Central Star of powerful Joliet Central squad that finished third in 1970…logged 90 points in four games, with a high of 26 in super-sectional victory over Maine South…tallied 25 points in semifinal loss to Lyons Twp…rebounded for 25 more in consolation match with Peoria Spalding…attended Illinois State University where he played basketball.
Jeff Baker Park Ridge Maine South Smooth-shooting guard poured it on when it counted in the 1979 state tournament…put in 21 points in super-sectional when Maine South won on last-second shot over New Trier West…30 points and nine rebounds in semifinal win over East Moline…wrapped up with 26 points and ten boards in championship game win over Quincy…finished tourney with 89 points on 36-of-65 shooting and 35 rebounds…played college ball at Texas Christian University. Don't sleep on these bands! Has been a head coach at the University of Tennessee and the University of California. Joseph Longtime coach at St. The atmosphere is electric with people jumping up and down throughout the set. Bogie Redmon Collinsville Six-foot-six star of Collinsville's 1961 state title team that rolled through the season undefeated. Louis University, Western Illinois University, and Bradley University…later served as assistant coach at Lincoln College…died on trip to away game in 2002.
Tom Michael Carlyle Tall center paced Carlyle's charge to the state title in 1989…was a one-man wrecking crew in the semifinal against Prairie Central, totaling 45 points, nine rebounds, and seven blocks in 67-62 win…followed up that evening with 28 more against Rock Island Alleman in 65-56 state championship triumph…totaled 121 for the tournament, averaging over 30 ppg…played college ball at University of Illinois. Tom Kleinschmidt Chicago Gordon Tech Brawny forward put up big numbers in two state tournament appearances…after super-sectional loss in 1989, led Gordon Tech to the championship game in 1990, falling to King in title game…scored 34 points in 82-80 super-sectional win over Blue Island Eisenhower and 38 in semifinal win over Quincy to put Gordon into title contest…totaled 148 points in just five games…went to DePaul University for college career. I had the best time. Boyd Batts Dolton Thornridge Center of the devastating Thornridge team won back-to-back titles in 1971 and 1972…scored 141 points and grabbed 98 rebounds in eight tournament games…poured in 34 points on 15-of-20 shooting with 18 rebounds in quarterfinal win over Collinsville…topped that with 37 points 14-of-18 and 15 rebounds in title tilt against Quincy…played ball at University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Hawaii. Gary Tidwell Pana, Fairbury Prairie Central Rare two-school player who followed his step-father and coach, Charlie Strasburger, between head coaching posts…as a sophomore in 1988, played for Pana and tallied 52 points in state-title drive…moving to Prairie Central in 1989, he added 69 points as team finished third…then as senior, added 86 more as Prairie Central finished second after overtime loss to Wesclin…finished with 207 career points, tied for fifth on all-time list…played ball in college at Olivet Nazarene University. Jamie Brandon Chicago King Versatile guard-forward of the early King dynasty, played in 13 state tournament games and totaled 269 points, the all-time record…added 77 rebounds and 28 assists in Elite Eight competition…topped 30 points twice in King's run to third place in 1989…returned in 1990 to lead King to the state title, with games of 26-28-27-25 points…played college ball at Louisiana State University. One of only two coaches to win four state titles Ron Felling being the other …guided first East St.
Louis Senior …a native of Mississippi…played in college at Langston University in Oklahoma. Fans selected the first 82 Legends in an online election that ran from November through March. Louis Lincoln Six-foot-ten star of the first two of East St. Thank you State Champs for starting my week off right. Ernie Eveland Waterman, Paris Piled up 10 state tournament appearances from small towns, first at Waterman and later at Paris, near the Indiana border…Paris won in 1943 and 1947, and finished second in 1942 only because of Dike Eddleman's heroics…also finished second in 1939 and third in 1938…first coach to win state titles in two sports, he led the Paris cross country team to championships in 1947, 1948, and 1949…retired from coaching in 1958…native of Lewistown…died in 1987. Star of Quincy's unstoppable 1981 team, shooting 79 points and shooting 66% from the field…subbed on the second-place 1979 squad and scored 89 points in 1982 when Quincy's 64-game winning streak was broken in the semifinals by Mendel Catholic…played a total of 12 state tournament games and scored 182 points…went on to star at University of Illinois…had a cup of coffee in the pros in 1987. Andy Calmes Warrensburg-Latham Forward came up big in 2003 as Warrensburg-Latham claimed its first trophy ever, a third-place finish…scored 27 points in quarterfinal battle against Cissna Park, finished tournament with 78 points and 31 rebounds…counting totals from 2002 super-sectional loss, his total output was 93 points in five games…playing college ball at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
Bob Van Vooren Moline Top player on Moline's runner-up squad from 1951, Maroons' best finish to date…scored 64 points in 4 games. Vernon in title game…played at Indiana State and Indiana University before starring for the Harlem Globetrotters…died in 1991. After the opening acts it was time for the main event. Cal Hubbard Normal University Directed University High into the state finals seven times over a 10-year period from 1990 to 1999, finishing with three trophies…1992 squad was runner-up to small-school darling Findlay…1995 squad won it all in a 56-54 squeaker over Aurora Christian…then in 1997, U-High pulled out a third-place finish. I actually took time off work to see the opening band Like Pacific, a band I've heard about for almost year now and very grateful that I finally had a chance to see them live and they didn't disappoint.
Anne, a small town near Kankakee. State Champs subsequently performed as a part of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, and co-headlined the 2014 Pure Noise Records tour. Neck Deep finished their set in on high note and set a great tone for State Champs. Cazzie Russell Chicago Carver All-everything guard for Larry Hawkins' 1962 Carver squad…led team with 79 points in 4 games…scored 22 in quarterfinal and 25 in semifinal…continued pace with 24 points in title game as Carver was edged by Stephen Decatur in the final moments …played his college ball at University of Michigan before embarking on a 12-year pro career…coached in high school and college ranks. Vernon's back-to-back champions, only the second team to accomplish that feat…in 1949, scored 81 points, 34 in the quarterfinal game against Decatur…followed up that feat with 104 points in the 1950 tournament, including 36 in the title game against Danville, a record that stood for 22 years…first player to lead the tournament field in scoring twice…played college ball at University of Illinois. Melvin Ely Harvey Thornton Came up big in three straight tournaments with only Peoria Manual blocking the way each time…scored 15 in the 1995 championship game as a sophomore…returned in 1996 to register 69 points on 30-of-50 shooting, falling to Manual again in the final…finished career with 57 more points in 1997 state finals…in 12 games, totaled 157 points, 79 rebounds, and 39 blocked shots…played college ball at Cal State-Fresno…then on to a pro career. Louis Lincoln …held on to win nailbiting back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004 at Carver Arena in Peoria…attended Danvers and East Peoria High Schools…played college ball at Bradley University.
Neck deep will always go hard , and honestly wasn't expecting state champs to be ass good as they were. Bill Schulz Hebron Big man on the tiny Hebron team 98 students that shocked the state by winning it all in 1952… never played basketball until Alden consolidated with Hebron when he started eighth grade…as a junior, scored 65 points in 4 games in the 1952 tournament, including 24 in overtime victory over Quincy in the title game… played college ball at Northwestern University. That was only my second time at the Sounf Stage and State Champs killed it. Mel in 1983 quarterfinals, including all 23 of Lawrenceville's points in the second half. Mainstay of the Quincy teams that finished third in 1951 and then second to Hebron in 1952…racked up 190 points in 10 tournament games, just eight points shy of Ted Beach's record and still good enough for 13th place on the all-time list…scored at least 20 in every game of the 1952 tourney with a high of 25 in quarterfinal against Taylorville…played college basketball at University of Illinois…died in 1986.
Marty Simmons Lawrenceville Star of Lawrenceville's two undefeated state champions in 1982 and 1983…highest-scoring of many Lawrenceville shooters, with 245 points scored in a total of 10 state tournament games…also pulled down Class A record 136 rebounds…scored incredible 43 points in 56-54 win over Providence-St. I'm really short, I was stuck between tall people and pushed to the front. Cliff Cameron Pleasant Plains Guided Pleasant Plains to championships just two years apart…first squad in 2000 won every game by double digits but needed three overtimes in crucial semifinal against Riverton…2002 team won a nailbiter over Herrin in the championship game…still coaching at Plains after eight seasons…attended Virden High School…played basketball at Lincoln Land. Pulaski…led the Toppers to a championship in 1976 and followed up with a fourth-place finish in 1977…brought home hardware one more time with a second-place finish in 1984…played his college ball at St. Pulaski in 1936…subsequently directed famous 1944 Taylorville team to state championship…after a stint at Beloit College, returned to Illinois high schools to guide Rockford Auburn and Boylan to state berths…native of Marion…played three sports at University of Illinois…died in 1990. Bob Zerrusen Teutopolis Backbone of Teutopolis' undefeated state champs in 1986…in four tournament games, six-foot-six center scored 81 points on 32 of 44 field goal shooting 73% , added 44 rebounds and 10 blocked shots…key player in 75-73 super-sectional win over Venice, tallying 25 points…scored 18 on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in title game against Ohio.