Hall of Fame Inductee - Kyle Cartmill
1995 QHS graduate, Boys Basketball
If ever someone was destined to be a Blue Devil,
it was Kyle Cartmill. He dressed up as a Blue Devil
for Halloween as a kid, and in his biography for
the media guide while playing at Illinois State
University, Cartmill finished the phrase, “As a kid,
when I grew up, I wanted to be ...” with “The Blue
Well, he never stood at center court holding the
pitchfork. He simply took center stage. In a fouryear
career spanning 1991-95, Cartmill scored
1,572 points, which ranks fifth in QHS history, and
set a school record with 127 3-pointers made. He
led the 1994-95 Quincy team to a xx-xx record
and super-sectional appearance.
Cartmill earned first-team all-state honors
from the Champaign News-Gazette as a senior
when he averaged 21.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and
3.7 assists per game. It drew recruiting interest
from schools nationwide, but he ended up signing
with Illinois State.
A four-year letterwinner at ISU, Cartmill played
on two teams that appeared in the NCAA
Tournament. In 1998, the Redbirds upset
Tennessee xx-xx in the opening round of the NCAA
Tournament with Cartmill delivering the game-winning
assist. He was named to the 1998 Missouri
Valley Conference All-Bench Team and co-captain
of the 1998-99 ISU team.
He graduated with a degree in criminal justice
and currently works for the State Farm Insurance
auto underwriting team in Dallas, Texas. He and
his wife, Joi, have one daughter, Mayson.
"First, giving honor to God for granting me the ability
and the opportunity to play the game of basketball
at the level I have played and in the city that I played
in. It is with great honor that I accept this nomination
for induction into the Quincy Blue Devil Hall of Fame.
Growing up playing basketball in the city of Quincy is
one of the most memorable moments of my life.
After my days at QHS were over, I truly began to
realize how special the Blue Devil basketball program is.
There are very few high schools in the nation that can
make the transition to a Division I basketball program
feel like a step down.
Quincy Blue Devil basketball is a first-class program.
Being a Blue Devil was a dream of mine from the age
of 3, and I worked each day dreaming that one day I
would get to high-five the Blue Devil at center court. I
would like to thank the Hall of Fame Committee for
I would like to thank several people. My parents,
Cheri Cartmill and Albert Cartmill Jr., for being loving
and supportive, helping mold me into the person I am
today and for making the many basketball courts out
of whatever was around to allow me to turn our home
into a gym. My sister, Shalyn, for being my greatest
competition, my best friend and being there to share
in the good times and the time that were not as good.
My grandparents, Lillian “Granny” Alyston, for
always being there for me, even when times were rough,
and Albert Cartmill Sr. for being the greatest
“Gramps” a young man could ever have. Grandma
Dottie Cartmill for all her support. Stacey and Dwayne Wells and family, you’re like a
second immediate family. Gay and Richard Allen and family, Gary and Janet Cartmill and family, Marilyn and
Lonnie Wilkerson, Greg and Tamara Cartmill and family,
Alfred and Rose Cartmill and Jennifer Johnson, you all
traveled many miles to support me and the Blue Devils
even though most of you do not live in Quincy. I am
also thankful to my late grandmothers, Lucille Aytson
and Betty Cartmill. I love and miss them both for they
were two pillars of my family that set strong foundations.
An extra special thanks to the Daniels: Joe, Ruth,
Bill, Dave and Jane, I could not begin to thank you
enough! The friends of QHS basketball, I love you all
dearly. I’d like to thank the city of Quincy for supporting
the Blue Devil program and making Blue Devil Gym
the most amazing gym in the country to play in.
Last, but certainly not least, Coach Loren and Barb
Wallace along with Coach Jeff Wallace and family. You
guys hold a very special place in my heart. You pushed
me to be the best, helped me to see things in myself
that I did not know was there and made sure that I
received every opportunity to maximize my potential as
an athlete and a person.
I would like to share this honor with all my family,
friends, teammates and coaches throughout the years.
You all have been very special to me. I thank you all.
On behalf of myself, my loving wife, Joi, and my
beautiful daughter, Mayson, I would once again like to
say thank you for this tremendous honor."
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