Illinois Cage Names Nominated On IHSA List of '100 Legends' For
2007 Boys State Meet
- Several familiar Northern Illinois University cage names appear
on the list of 281 individuals nominated for the Illinois High School
Associations 100 Legends who will be feted at
the state boys basketball tournament in 2007 for the centennial
observance of the IHSAs nationally known hardwood centerpiece.
the IHSA website, all Legends nominees ...must
have participated as a player or as a coach in at least one game
of the final IHSA tournament from 1908 to 2005.
100 Legends ballot by era currently appears on the IHSA
website and all prep basketball fans can vote online for their favorites
(and hopefully, some Huskies) at <www.ihsa.org> until March
Huskie 100 Legends nomination contingent would be former
Northern Illinois head mens basketball coach and Athletics
Hall of Famer John McDougal (1976-86). Johnny Mac qualified
three times for the IHSA 100 Legends listing---as a
player at Salem High School and boys basketball boss at Aurora
West High School and Rockford Lutheran High School. McDougal coached
the Huskies first Division I National Collegiate Athletic
Association tourney team in 1981-82.
The late Alex
Saudargas (1934-38)---another NIU Athletics Hall of Famer who lettered
in both football and wrestling---made the list for his head coaching
exploits at Rockford West High School. A charter member of the Illinois
Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Saudargas led his Warrior
quintets to IHSA boys state titles in 1955 and 1956.
Illinois administrator, the late McKinley Deacon Davis,
was also nominated by the IHSA. An All-Stater on Freeport High Schools
1951 state title quintet, Davis also starred on a NCAA Final Four
tournament entry at the University of Iowa and toured with the famous
cage bossman Rob Judson would recognize two names on the IHSA Legends
list---his father Phil and his uncle Paul who both started on the
storied 1952 state championshipi quintet at Hebron High School.
Illinois hardwood standouts on the IHSA Legends list
include Hall of Fame forward Kenny Battle (1984-86) from Aurora
West, forward Dennis Douglas (1983-85) from Quincy HIgh School,
forward Jim Edmondson (1984-86) from Hinckley-Big Rock High School,
Hall of Fame forward Matt Hicks (1974-77) from Aurora West, guard
Mike The Lip Lipnisky (1990-95) from Rolling Meadows
High School, and center Mark Voreis (1970-71) from DeKalb High School.
information, please contact Mike Korcek) -NIU-