Sweet 16 Finalists!
1983-84 28 - 5 IHSA Class 'A' Sweet
16 Finalists!! Coach Barb Baker
2nd Place Central Illinois Invite Tourn.
Macon County Tourney Champs
Beat Illiopolis (15-3, 15-0)
Cerro Gordo (15-9, 15-2)
Warrensburg (15-3, 15-1)
Beat Arcola (15-6, 15-11)
Beat Tolono Unity (15-8, 15-13)
Sweet 16 Finalists!
Lost to Shelbyville (7-15, 10-15)
Shelbyville would finish in 4th place.
Boys Track & Field
The boys track team had several athletes bring home State Meet medals. The Knight thinclads even won
a District title as a team during the 1975-76 season. The medal winners are listed below.
1931-32 Dean Trainer Javeline
2 Mile Relay 3rd Place
1976-77 Mark Houser Triple Jump
1977-78 Mike Jackson 880 Yard Run
880 Yard Run 5th Place
1978-79 Mike Jackson 880 Yard Run STATE
330 Yard L. H. 4th Place
1980-81 Steve Williams Triple Jump 5th Place
Girls Track & Field
One Lady Knight brought home some IHSA hardware as well.
1976-77 Rachel Tucker Discus 4th Place
1977-78 Rachel Tucker Discus 6th Place
Two basketball coaches at Blue Mound High School enjoyed a great many seasons of success on the hardwood.
Coach Bob Miller - Boys Basketball
1954-55 - 1964-65
231 Wins - 63 losses
Also Coached at Mattoon H.S.
1 - Regional Championship
2 - District Championships
7 - 20+ game-winning seasons (11 years)
Career Record of 300 wins - 143 losses
Coach Dick McDonald - Boys Basketball 1965-66 - 1983-84
373 Wins - 193 losses (#172 ALL-TIME in IHSA History)
7 - Regional Championships
1 - District Championship
8 - 20+ game-winning seasons (19 years)
Administrators and Faculty
Gordon Eckols - From 1960 to 1990 taught at Blue Mound High School and served as building
principal from 1963 to 1990.
From Bob Marshall (Class of 1956):
"I just discovered the "Knights"website. My family attended Blue Mound schools beginning with my parents in the
early 20s. I was last of five children to have been graduated in 1956 from Blue Mound Community Unit District 10.
I had attended country schools my first four years consolidating into Blue Mound, Stonington
, Mount Aurburn
when I was in the fifth grade. My first three years were at my local rural school, Salem, in Christian County, one-half
mile south of my rural family home.
My parents attended high school in the building in which I attended grade school. This building burned after I
left sometime in the late 50s early 60s.
My brother-in-law, Dr. Albert J. Kuhn, was one of the basketball team members that holds the record
for most high school games played. He attended 1940-44 and went on to becoming academic vice president at Ohio State.
John W. Robinson was high school principal and superintendent when I attended and I believe former
coach, industrial arts and history teacher Howard Brown. Robinson, later to become Macon County Superintendent.
This should be verified before dissimenation as should the rest of my information as memory often does not correctly reflect
The basketball team during my tenure, 1952-56 also had enviable records coached by Brown and
Miller. My classmates that played on these teams were Tom Little, Ron Tucker, Jimmy Powell, "Pokey" Logue
and Merle Holt. One of Miller's teams played Decatur High School (Super Sectional?) in
the state finals losing only by a very few points in a game that I remember as being so close that each team traded the lead
back and forth and it was only that the clock ran out that determined the winner, quite an achievement by such a small school
against a much larger one, typical of midwestern basketball.
Hope you get more information as consolidation has more or less made The Knights
non-existent. I would think pictures and records would be available of these early teams and their achievements.
I also understand extreme rebuilding is going to replace the old Blue Mound high school facility, according to a story in
the Decatur Herald in June."
More Information Needed
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