1954-55 Illinois State Prep Basketball Tourney summary

ALL GAMES AT HUFF GYM, CHAMPAIGN

First Round

Princeton 60, Moline 58

Shawneetown 61, Park Forest Rich 56

Elgin 63, Georgetown 40

Galesburg 77, Paris 66

Rockford West 58, Decatur 54

Lincoln 54, Peoria Spalding 52

Quincy 70, Chicago Marshall 59

Pinckneyville 66, Alton 60

Quarterfinals

Princeton 66, Shawneetown 48

Elgin 66, Galesburg 60 (OT)

Rockford West 75, Lincoln 65

Pinckneyville 53, Quincy 51

Semifinals

Elgin 71, Princeton 66

Rockford West 54, Pinckneyville 46

Third Place

Pinckneyville 58, Princeton 53

Championship

(Saturday, March 19, 1955)

ROCKFORD WEST (61)

Player FG FT Pts PF

Fred Boshela 5-11 7-12 17 3

Rod Coffman 6-9 3-4 15 4

Nolden Gentry 4-13 6-8 14 3

Don Grabow 0-1 2-2 2 0

Rex Parker 2-8 5-6 9 4

Bobby Washington 0-0 0-0 0 0

John Wessels 2-13 0-0 4 2

Totals 19-55 23-32 61 16

ELGIN (59)

Player FG FT Pts PF

Tom Aley 5-10 3-4 13 2

Paul Hudgens 5-12 6-7 16 3

Earl Lamp 0-1 2-3 2 1

Charles Rachow 1-1 1-2 3 4

Gary Siegmeier 1-4 5-6 7 5

Gary Smith 6-15 6-7 18 3

Totals 18-43 23-29 59 18

Rockford West 10 17 20 14—61

Elgin 24 16 8 11—59

STATE FINALISTS

School Coach W-L Enroll

1 Rockford West Alex Saudargas 27-1 1,550

2 Elgin Bill Chesbrough 26-4 1,299

3 Pinckneyville Merrill “Duster” Thomas 33-3 440

4 Princeton Don Sheffer 32-3 370 Galesburg Frank Adams 18-12 1,146

Lincoln Paul Johnson 18-12 678

Quincy George Latham 29-9 1,069

Shawneetown Barney Genisio 32-1 1,90

Alton Elgie Posey 24-8 1,400

Chicago Marshall Isadore “Spin” Salario 21-3 1,800

Decatur Gay Kintner 24-5 1,965

Georgetown Clovis “Toby” Scott 22-9 298

Moline Jack Foley 26-3 1,275

Paris Ernie Eveland 27-7 700

Park Forest Rich Greg Sloan 4-3 600

Peoria Spalding Don Sullivan 22-6 570

TOP SCORERS

Player and School G FG FT Pts

Joe Ruklick, Princeton 4 35 34 104

Gary Smith, Elgin 4 29 14 72

Tom Aley, Elgin 4 26 16 68

Nolden Gentry, Rockford West 4 26 12 64

Jim Lazenby, Pinckneyville 4 11 37 59

Fred Boshela, Rockford West 4 19 18 56

John Wessels, Rockford West 4 22 7 51

Paul Hudgens, Elgin 4 18 11 47

John Daffron, Pinckneyville 4 17 13 47

Rod Coffman, Rockford West 4 16 12 44

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Player & School Ht. Yr.

Dave Cadwallader, Lincoln 6-4 Jr.

Nolden Gentry, Rockford West 6-7 Jr.

Jim Lazenby, Pinckneyville 6-0 Sr.

Garrison Newsom, Shawneetown 5-10 Sr.

Joe Ruklick, Princeton 6-8 Sr.

AP FINAL REGULAR-SEASON TOP TEN

No . School W-L

1 Rockford West 19-1

2 Moline 21-2

3 Centralia 25-2

4 Pinckneyville 25-2

5 Elgin 18-3

6 Toledo Cumberland 27-0

7 Princeton 25-1

8 Collinsville 21-5

9 Berwyn-Cicero Morton 17-2

10 Pekin 20-3

NOTE: Jim Lazenby who played at Pinckneyville, later coached at Rockford Guilford.

Source: IHSA Web site.

From the April 27-May 3, 2005, issue

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