|Site Author Kev Varney shooting hoops in Stanford
|(courtesy of Ken Kashian, Illinois Farm Bureau)
Links to Interesting & Informative Web Sites
Many Bits of Information For This Site Come From:
www.mapquest.com - Great source for layouts of towns and their surrounding land.
- Good source for information about the Illinois state basketball tournament in most years from
1922-1986, especially in years that include regional scores prior to the two-class system in 1972.
- An incredible source of information regarding the history of the Little Ten Conference in northern Illinois. Brian
Hoxsey has done a great job researching the great existence of this conference, still in operation today.
The History of Catholic Secondary Education in the Archdiocese of Chicago
by Sr. Mary Innocenta Montay, Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 1953.
The Expansion and Decline of Enrollment and Facilities of Secondary Schools in the Archdiocese
of Chicago, 1955-1980: A Historical Study by George V. Fornero, Chicago: Loyola University of
Chicago, May 1990.
(NOTE: both of these books helped provide significant information about some of the former Catholic high
schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, which allowed us to write more pages about certain schools, while posting other tidbits
on the Former Archdiocese of Chicago schools page.)
A Livingston County Scrapbook: 1855-1975 by Lucille Goodrich, former county
superintendent of schools in Livingston County from 1947-71. This book is an excellent resource of educational histories within
a rural setting, giving the earliest known history of schools that were created in the county, then showing how public schools
were formed with the 1855 Free School Law and School Code of Illinois all the way to the consolidations of the late 1940's
and beyond. Some of the information and photos from the book were used to tell the stories of high schools in Flanagan,
Long Point, Saunemin, Cornell, Chatsworth, Forrest, Strawn, Wing, Fairbury, Odell, and Cullom on this site.
Legends of the Gridiron: 120 Years of High School Football in the St. Louis "Metro" Area
by Don Greco. This look back at the history of prep football in the St. Louis from 1887-2008 gives a chronological look
at some of the top stories each year on both sides of the Mississippi by the former prep, college, and pro football player
who later coached in the St. Louis area. Find out more about his books at http://stllegends.tripod.com.
They've Written About Us!!
The following addresses either are direct links to artlicles about our site or have written about
us in the past.
The Princeton Bureau County Republican - Kevin Hieronymous
The Chicago Tribune - 05-12-08 - Check out this excellent article
written by Chicago Tribune reporter Erika Slife (This article hit the AP Wire Service!):
The Bloomington Pantagraph - Jim Barnhart
The Arlington Daily Herald - Bob Frisk
The Champaign News-Gazette - Bob Asmussen
The Ottawa Daily Times
Article written 01-10-06 by Charles Stanley
Streator Sports.Com (now known as ReaganSports.com)
Written 01-11-06 by Kevin Missel
The Southern Illinoisian Newspaper
Written 01-18-06 by Les Winkeler
The Galesburg Register Mail Newspaper
Written 07-01-06 by Jane Carlson
(NOTE: This article was distributed by the Associated Press on 09-01-06 and used by a number of newspapers in
Southern Illinois as well as Southeast Missouri, Southwest Indiana, and Eastern Iowa.)
The Jacksonville Journal Courier Newspaper
Article written 08-31-06 by Darrin Burnett
The Springfield State Journal-Register
Written 09-12-06 by Jim Ruppert
The Dekalb Daily Chronicle
Written 09-23-06 by Donna Herra
State School News Service
Written 09-26-06 by Jim Broadway
The Sauk Valley News
Written 10-24-06 by David Holsted
The Quill Newspaper
Letter to the Editor Written 11-02-06 by Jean Dougherty
McDonough County This Week (Eagle Publications)
Article written 11-27-06 by Jonathan Mohr
Journal Gazette / Times Courier Newspaper (Mattoon and Charleston area)
Article written 12-10-06 by Rick Dawson
Kankakee Daily Journal
Article written 01-19-07 by Caleb Benoit
Illinois Farm Bureau "Partners" (quarterly newspaper)
Article written March 2007 by Martin Ross
Short mention and link to the site from Steve Tucker on 2-8-08
Comcast Sports Chicago---NEW (10/28/2011)
Taylor Bell talks about our site and gives an update about where we've been since our beginnings
They've Talked About Us!
WGCY Radio in Gibson City - Tom Benefiel
Interviews with Kev Varney 10-07-05, 11-19-05, 02-04-06
K100 FM Radio in Macomb -
Beau Spencer and The Morning Show
Halftime football show - 09-24-06
WCMY Radio in Ottawa -
"The Sports Guys" with Kev Varney 10-14-05 & 03-03-06
WJBC Radio in Bloomington
Russ Eisenstein Interview with Dave Nanninga 06-16-05
Jim Williams Interview with Kev Varney 01-03-06
WLPO Radio in LaSalle
Lanny Slevin Interview with Kev Varney 11/25-26/05, 5/23/08,
John Small Interviews with Kev Varney 12/31/09 and 9/3/2011, and guest appearance on "Chalk Talk" on 01/17/09 (click below to listen--lasts about 55 minutes)
WGFA Radio in Watseka
Bill Yonka interview with Dave Nanninga 11/18/06
WJOL Radio in Joliet
Scott Slocum interview with Kev Varney 8/16/07
We've Even Been On TV!
CBS 31/Fox 43 Televison WMBD/WYZZ Bloomington-Peoria - 01-19-06
Interview & News Segment by Will Koch with our own Kev Varney!
Insight Communications Cable in Bloomington-Normal 12-5-06 "Sports Insight" Interview by
Art Kimball & Jill Hutchison with Kev Varney
SITES OF INTEREST
The following are sites that you might be interested in visiting if you enjoy history and nostalgia.
Macomb Radio - for information on happenings
in the Macomb area and western Illinois please check out this website:
Havana, Illinois Area - www.62644.com - for information regarding happenings in the Havana, Illinois area.
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame - an excellent website covering the great accomplishments
in sports for the Peoria area:
*State Farm Holiday Classic - one of the top holiday prep basketball tournaments in
the nation with 32 boys and 32 girls teams competing in four days of hardwood action in Bloomington-Normal. Visit them at
http://www.theclassic.org/ for details.
SPORTS BOOKS FOR SALE
"Playing with the Enemy"
Author Gary Moore
"Warren Eugene “Gene” Moore attended Sesser High School
but dropped out when he was signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941 at only 15 years old. Gene’s story is told in the award winning and bestselling book,
Playing with the Enemy, which is being made into a major motion picture
Winning Producer, Gerald Molen. Playing with the Enemy is written by Gene’s son,
Gary W. Moore. http://www.playingwiththeenemy.com/synopsis.htm
From author James E. Bryant:
"I have published a book regarding Westville High School called "Remember Westville
", the story of the
1976 Westville Tigers basketball team
, their hopes dreams and the season the town can not forget. The
book has received rave reviews and has been publicized in the Danville Commercial-News and the Champaign News-Gazzette. I
have also done numerous radio interviews on my work. The book chronicles the 1976 Westville Tigers and their run through the
IHSA state tournament. Their season ended with a loss to the eventual state champion Mt.Pulaski 67-65 in the Decatur
Super Sectional. My book details the teenager athletes who went through the experience on an individual level and as a team.
My book also talks about the now defunct Rossville-Alvin
Holiday Tournament, one of the top tournamnets in the state of Illinois at the time. It also details games against schools
that are no longer in operation. Ridge Farm
, Catlin Jamaica, and Bethany
are three that no longer are in existence, or have since gone the co-op direction. It was a golden age in high school
basketball. This poignant book relives the extraordinary year for the village of Westville. My book is featured on amazon.com
, Universe Publishing, and on my website www.rememberwestville.com
The Complete History of Lexington High School Basketball 1900 - 2004
Truly incredible reading for not only Lexington High School fans but also for basketball fans of small high schools.
Author Rick Stephey includes personal insight, original rules of Dr. Naismith, photos, personal experiences
of Lexington athletes, and every statistic involving the Lexington High School basketball program imaginable. The book
has 415 pages and is very professionally produced. The price is $30 which includes the shipping fee. To order
your copy please submit a check made out to Lexington Basketball History and mail it to:
307 West Main Street,
Lexington, Il. 61753
You can also pay by credit card by e-mail at RockNDoc13@aol.com
or telephone at (309) 365-8811
-- This book by David A. Theobald gives a look at Baby Boomers in their high school
days in small-town America, struggling thru the turbulent 1960's with sports, first loves, and madcap confrontations
with teachers. In a time when questioning instead of accepting became the norm as nightly TV news reports reported
on the Vietnam conflict, student protests, and political change, Theobald's work is neither fictional or strictly...instead,
it is a blend of fantasy, adolescence memories, and history. Get your copy (available August 16th, 2012) thru Black
Rose Writing (www.blackrosewriting.com
), Amazon, and Barnes & Noble (including for Nook & Kindle).