Inductees Carla McGhee has done it all in a truly fabulous basketball career.
In her senior year she lead Peoria Manual to the 1986 Class AA state title. At the University of Tennessee, she played a major role on two NCAA championship teams. She was a member of the unbeaten 1996 U.S. Olympic team that won the Gold Medal, and she played professional basketball both in the U.S. and abroad.
The 6-foot-2 standout averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for Manual, leading the Rams to a 27-3 season, climaxing her prep career with a 24-point title game against Chicago Marshall.
Tennessee won NCAA titles in her freshman and junior seasons, the Vols going 35-2 in 1989 in winning their second title. An almost fatal car accident cost her her sophomore season.
In all, she played 101 games for Tennessee shooting .496, scoring 612 points and grabbing 516 rebounds.
In 1990-94 she played professional basketball in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. She was named to the 1995 U.S. Pan-American Games team, but the Games were cancelled.
She played in all eight games for the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics, shooting .385 and scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds as the U.S. rolled over Cuba, Ukraine, Zaire, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Australia again and Brazil. Prior to the Olympics, the team went unbeaten in a 52-game exhibition schedule.
She also played professionally in the WNBA and the ABL. At the time of her induction, she was an assistant basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Carla McGhee has done it all in a truly fabulous basketball career.
|1978 AOL-Spalding Girl's Golf Team|
Good beginnings! Coached by Mickey Schallau and in its first season as a team sport, the 1978 AOL/SI Girls Golf Team finished 3rd in the IHSA State Finals. The Lady Irish finished only behind 2nd place Palatine (Fremd) and 1st place Quincy (defending champion). Showing impressive consistency, the team finished no lower than 3rd in any tournament all season. The team’s top performers were senior, Therese Ehrhart, and sophomore, Mary Jo Ferlman. Ehrhart finished the 2 rounds of the finals with a score of 176 (89-87), and Ferlman was a stroke behind her at 177 (84-93). After graduation, Ehrhart continued playing competitively at the University of Iowa Golf and was named the MVP for the Lady Hawkeyes in 1983. Coach Schallau actually played double-duty for the State Finals, spending Day 1 with the Lady Irish in Bloomington and Day 2 with the Spalding team in Springfield, where the Boys earned a 2nd place finish.