Toppers Celebrate A Night 113 Years In The Making

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It was a night to celebrate 113 years of basketball history at Hillsboro High School on Friday, Jan. 10, as the Toppers, past and present, were recognized by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association for reaching the 1,500-win plateau last season.

Ken Crawford, past president of the IBCA and a hall of fame coach at Teutopolis, presented a plaque to honor the program, with more than 40 Topper alumni, coaches and current players on hand to commemorate the occasion.

Among those in attendance were four of the five coaches with the most victories in the program's history. Stan Horst (168) Harlan Scheibal (138), Dyke Buerkett (226) and current head coach Joe Vanzo (129) were all in attendance, with 661 of Hillsboro's 1,510 wins between them.

The only coach in the top five absent from the event was the late Joe Fearheiley, an IBCA hall of famer who won 365 games for the Toppers before moving on to Lawrenceville.

Also in attendance were two of the top five scorers in the program's history, 2015 grad Dylan Miller, who scored 1,520 points and 1974 grad Randy McCoy, who scored 1,478 points.

Since their first game in 1907, the Hiltoppers have won 22 district or regional titles, along with eight state title appearances that have produced one third, one second and one first place trophy.

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