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.
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.
Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.