Last week’s issue contained 15 Collinsville High School athletic history questions and some sources to search for answers. How many did you get?
The first five questions were from the book The Wonderful World of Collinsville Basketball: 1908-1976. Written by Frank R. Pitol.
Question #1: Bogie Redmon played basketball and was in track & field at Illinois (won 1965 Big Ten Discus title). Fred Riddle played football and basketball at Iowa.
Question #2: Tom Parker had set the CHS boys basketball record of 50 points in a game against Alton at the Carbondale Holiday Tournament in 1967.
Question #3: They lost 45-42 to Herrin. Terry Bethel was their All-American in 1956-57.
Question #4: The 1964-65 team beat the following teams on their road to the state title. Lawrenceville in the Super-Sectional, Lockport (Central), Chicago (Marshall), and Quincy in the championship game.
Question #5: In 1913-14, CHS was 18-0 with one game left in the regular season. They lost to…McKendree College? Yes. McKendree…by the whopping score of 23-16. Their other loss that year was to Centralia 22-15 in the Carbondale District tournament.
The second five questions were from the IHSA website. www.ihsa.org.
Question #6: Kahok wrestler Jalen May set the single-season and career wins mark in 2019-2020.
Question #7: When Collinsville won the girls bowling state title in 2009-10, Frannie Steiner won the individual title. Her average game was 229.6 while collecting 2,756 pins.
Question #8: The girls soccer team beat Lombard (Glenbard East) 2-1 in overtime in the Class 3A semifinals. Emily Holten scored the game-winning goal in the 2nd overtime.
Question #9: The Collinsville boys soccer team won the state title in 1981-82. We asked if you could name just one of their opponents from their three state tourney games. They beat Hinckley-Big Rock in the quarterfinals, Mt. Prospect (Prospect), and finally Northbrook (Glenbrook North) for the title.
Question #10: Collinsville baseball has won two state titles. 1941-42 with L.W. Fletcher as the coach. 1979-80 in Class AA with Russ Keene as the coach.
The final five questions were from all types of sources.
Question #11: In the last two years, Steve McFall, Marc Parker, and Jim Seka have all made the IBCA Hall of Fame.
Question #12: In 1979-80 the girls volleyball team finished in 4th place at the state tournament. Kim Brombolich was named to the State Final all-tourney team.
Question #13: In the 2019 PFHC semifinals, CHS beat Springfield Southeast. In the 2019 title game, they beat Mundelein.
Question #14: In 2015, the girls basketball team ended Edwardsville’s SWC 89-game winning streak. Kaitlyn Fischer hit the game-winning layup with :01.5 left to play. CHS won 70-68.
Question #15: The first two state champs in track and field for Collinsville were George Musso during the 1928-29 school year and Walter “Hoot” Evers during the 1937-38 season. Musso played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Evers played MLB baseball for 12 seasons. He played for Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, and Cleveland in the American League. He appeared with the New York Giants in the National League.
Bonus Question: The CHS football coach in 2010 was Mike Liljegren. They fell to Danville 51-20 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Count up how many questions you got right and add your bonus points in as well. Where do you fall on this grading scale?
If you’ve got a dispute let me know!
0-5- probably your rookie year…keep working on it.
6-10- Regional champ! That’s pretty good, I had to do a lot of research to find all that. On Friday’s You Must Wear Purple!
11-12- Sectional Champ! You got some bonus points, didn’t you??? Well anyway, congratulations! I’ll bet you follow @kahokathletics on Twitter or Instagram!
13-14- State Qualifier! Definitely wear purple on Friday’s, Definitely Bleed Purple, Definitely watch the Kahok Sports Network!!!
15 or Higher- State Champ! Adding to that legacy of Collinsville High School state titles!