Inductees Bradley University's 1963-64 basketball team, who went 20-6 in the regular season, continued on to give Coach Chuck Orsborn and assistant Joe Stowell their third National Invitational Tournament Championship in eight seasons. Orsborn had won Bradley's first NIT title in 1957 and repeated in 1960.
The 1963 team was lead by Levern Tart, Joe Strawder, Manual High School's Eddie Jackson, Ernie Thompson and Rich Williams. During the regular season, Bradley was unable to hold off Wichita and Drake Co-Missouri Valley Champions, but once the season was over B.U. went on to sweep through to the NIT Championship.
The most difficult tournament game came in the first round in an 83-81 win over St. Joseph of Philadelphia. Bradley's next opponent, ARMY, Coached by Bobby Knight, was cuffed by a score of 67-52. In the title game, the Braves faced New Mexico and its vaunted center, Ira "Large" Harge, and produced a somewhat surprising and overwhelming 86-54 victory.
Tart, who later went on to professional basketball, averaged 17.5 points and the 6'9' Strawder 16.9. Eddie Jackson scored 385 points in his first varsity season. Three other local players were on the team - Bobby West of Peoria Central, Steve Day of Richwoods, and Ron Patterson of Farmington - along with Tom Gordon, Leon Hall, Ron Martin, Jack Hutchinson, Rich Donley, Lee Frederick, and Tom Lund. Steve Hudgens was
Bradley University's 1963-64 basketball team, who went 20-6 in the regular season, continued on to give Coach Chuck Orsborn and assistant Joe Stowell their third National Invitational Tournament Championship in eight seasons. Orsborn had won Bradley's first NIT title in 1957 and repeated in 1960.
|Jerry & Elaine Reibling|
For four decades Jerry and Elaine have volunteered their time and effort to benefit the runners competing in events within the Tri-County. Just prior to Jerry’s induction into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame in 2015, the race’s co-founder, Steve Shostrom said, “Jerry and Elaine are treasures in the running community. They have made substantial, lasting contributions to the Steamboat Classic and the Illinois Valley Striders over the years. They have worked tirelessly at countless local races through heat, rain, ice, snow and wind to get quick, accurate results for runners of all ages and abilities." Jerry was involved with the Steamboat Classic for 35 years and Elaine has been a part of the Race for the Cure for about 30 years. Married over 50 years, the Rieblings helped pioneer the transformation from hand timing to computerized timing for the major running events in the Tri-County area. In addition to the Steamboat Classic and Race for the Cure, they have served at the following events over their decades of service: the IHSA State Cross Country Meet; Illinois Valley Striders events; countless high school invitationals including the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational (Peoria Notre Dame) and the Peoria High Invitational at Detweiler Park; and Bradley University and the University of Illinois cross country meets and invitationals. Jerry has also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run and running the satellite event from Canton to Peoria. The dedication and passion of Jerry and Elaine for these events has enabled thousands of others to experience achievement and enjoyment while competing in running events.