Inductees Fred Marberry was a slender 6" 1" jumper who waited until his final year at Manual High School to put big numbers on the scoreboard. Then, playing for James Goff at Illinois State University, a dozen years before the school entered Division I play, Marberry began a collegiate career that was eclipsed at l.S.U. only by Doug Collins.
When his 85-game college career was over, Marberry had scored 1,881 points and averaged 22.1 points per game. Only the 29.1 average of Collins is greater in l.S.U. annals, and only Collins and Billy Lewis who scored 1,962 points in 110 games, had more points.
Fred was voted l.S.U.'s Most Valuable Player in 1955 and again in 1956. In 1956, he also was named to the Converse Yearbook NCAA Division II team. He still holds I.S.U. records for most free throws attempted in a season (244) and in a career (621).
Following his brilliant college career, Marberry joined the Harlem Globetrotters; and for the next four years from 1960-1964, he entertained thousands across the Nation with his flashy ballhandling skills. He was further honored by being voted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Since his basketball days, he has been a teacher, businessman, and entertainer in the Chicago area.
Fred Marberry was a slender 6" 1" jumper who waited until his final year at Manual High School to put big numbers on the scoreboard. Then, playing for James Goff at Illinois State University, a dozen years before the school entered Division I play, Marberry began a collegiate career that was eclipsed at l.S.U. only by Doug Collins.
Talk to any parent who had a daughter participate in a Peoria Girls Sports League (PGSL) program, and it is safe to wager they are familiar with Jerry Robertson and his many years of dedicated service to the league. For the PGSL’s 33 years of existence, its programs provided a valuable experience for thousands of girls from third grade through high school. Most notably, Robertson was active in the league for 29 years, including 23 as President of the organization. Over his long tenure, Robertson wore many hats, including recruiting volunteers, keeping score and time, evaluating skills and coordinating the selection of players to the respective teams, securing venues, scheduling games, hiring and scheduling officials, purchasing equipment, updating rules, obtaining the state charter, fundraising, and dealing with the occasional unhappy parent. If that wasn’t enough, he also coached and officiated when needed. Under Robertson’s leadership, PGSL’s basketball program expanded to include a summer league for area high school teams that lasted for 20 years. For more than three decades, PGSL provided thousands of girls, of all skill levels, an opportunity to participate and compete in basketball and softball. Volleyball was also offered on an