On Friday, January 20, before a packed house for an important National Trail Conference showdown with the Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Hatchets, St. Anthony High School accepted a 1500 School Victory plaque from the IBCA. Former Bulldog Coaches Mike Wilson, Ron Niebrugge, Chris Kusnerick, Les Stevens, and current Coach Cody Rincker accepted the plaque on behalf of all St. Anthony coaches, fans, and players – many of whom were introduced before the presentation.
Since the 1931-32 season, the Bulldogs have captured an unmatched 25 regional titles, 6 sectional crowns, and made 5 trips to the state tournament resulting in a 4th place finish in 1978, and the Class 1A State Championship in 2017. Without any doubt, Effingham St. Anthony High School can be included as not only one of the premier boys’ basketball programs in Southern Illinois, but in the state.
Former Bulldog players who have been selected to the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Mike Wente – Class of 2004 and Kyle Wente – Class of 2012.
Friends of Basketball Hall of Famers in the Hall of Fame are: Bill Farney – Class of 2004 and Joe Griesbaum – Class of 2007.
A special thank you to Principal Greg Fearday and Athletic Director Kevin Palmer for a great evening of Southern Illinois High School basketball!