A Cavalier raises his sword in triumph
Carlinville’s Quinn Steiner to become a Hall of Famer
By Jackson Wilson
Legends are made in Carlinville!
On May 4 of this coming year, Quinn Steiner will be one of eight honorees from the South Central area that will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena.
Steiner is a former CHS athlete and graduate from Eastern Illinois University. His 2,194 career points rank him in the top 100 scorers in Illinois state history, with 51 being his career high for a single contest. He averaged 29.9 points per game in his senior season of 1987 – which was the highest statistic in the entire Illinois A-Class. In addition, he is the 1987 Alton Area Athlete of the Year, three-time all-conference first team recipient and a Mater Dei Christmas tournament first-team member. Today, he is an assistant coach for the Carlinville high school boys’ basketball and football teams.
Other area residents that will be joining Steiner at the ceremony are Wendy Hedberg, Bud Vallino, Milt Wiley, Greg Shaschack, Gus Lignoul, Todd Brooke and Bill Hanks.
Hedberg led the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars to 453 wins and five NCAA tournament appearances throughout her 29-year head coaching career. She was also an all-american softball shortstop during her athletic career at Western Illinois University. Hedberg was referred to as the most successful women’s basketball coach in SIUE history at the time she stepped down in 2008.
Vallino coached the Edwardsville High School boys’ basketball Tigers from 1977-87 and won 151 games while leading the program to six consecutive regional championships. Vallino was also successful coaching the Lady Tigers during the final eight years of his career – posting an impressive 146-61 mark and adding four more regional victories to his resume. He retired in 2000.
Wiley is the all-time points leader in the history of Belleville West boys’ basketball with 1,726. He additionally holds the record for most career assists with 419. In terms of single season school records, Miley ranks in the top three all-time in both catagories. He tallied 683 total points (secondnd best) in 1975 – the same year that West set a new school record for most team points – after dropping 171 dimes (third best) the previous season. Wiley’s impact on the court also led the Maroons to a sectional title in 1974.
Shaschack will be honored for his long-time media work. He is currently a beat writer for the Alton Telegraph.
Lignoul and Brooke will both be inducted as Hall of Fame referees.
Former Bunker Hill coach and player Hanks will be recognized as one of the “Friends of Basketball” inductees.
For ticket information, visit www.ibcaillinois.org.