Hall of Fame Inductee - 1951-52 Boys Basketball Team

The 1950-51 and 1951-52 Quincy High Blue Devil Basketball teams were two of the best ever in the school's history. Under Head Coach George Latham, the Devils posted a 29-4 record and collected a third place trophy in the 1951 state basketball tournament. Quincy advanced to the Illinois "Sweet 16" and defeated Hinsdale Central 58-46 to advance to the quarterfinals. After nipping Lincoln 65-63, Quincy dropped a 64-63 decision to Moline in the semi-finals. They made it exciting, defeating Decatur 60-58 to capture third place. In 1952 Laytham's Devils racked up 20 wins against 4 losses entering post season. They destroyed their first 5 tournament opponents by an average of 43 points per game, before meeting up with Freeport in the first round of the state tournament. Quincy disposed of Freeport 74-68, got by a fine Taylorville squad 68-64 in the quarterfinals and nipped Mt. Vernon 54-51 in the semi-finals. The small town of Hebron was all that stood between this talented Quincy team and the school's second state title. But fate and Hebron's Judson twins were on the side of the tiny town near the Wisconsin state line. Hebron defeated Quincy 64-59 in a game that is still talked about today.

TEAM MEMBERS:
Elmer Bornman
William Calhoun
William Heitholt
Herb Jackson
Tom Langan
Bruce Brothers
Charles Fast
Phil Harvey
Jack Gower
Dick Thompson
John Brunier
Don Seger
William Gastineau
Alan Zengel
Charley Hogge
Dan Iseminger
Dick Sullivan
Charles Watson
Gene Holler
Angie Kopetas
Tom Payne

COACHING STAFF:
Head Coach George Latham
Assistant Coach Dale Hendren

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