Class of 2013: Quincy Notre Dame Hall of Fame inductees

Posted: Nov. 30, 2013 1:06 am Updated: Dec. 21, 2013 2:15 am

This year's inductees into the Quincy Notre Dame Hall of Fame will be honored Saturday night between the final two games of the Gully Transportation Tip-Off Shootout at The Pit. Here is a closer look at the Class of 2013:


Eric Orne

Quincy Notre Dame has had one of the best girls basketball programs in the state for nearly four decades, but under Eric Orne, the Lady Raiders have reached heights that only a handful teams in state history have accomplished.

Entering the 2013-14 season, the Lady Raiders have won 79 consecutive games against in-state competition and 53 straight overall.

QND has won back-to-back-to-back state championships, becoming the fourth team in IHSA history to three-peat as champions, joining Teutopolis (1988-90), Bolingbrook (2009-11) and Lombard Montini (2010-12).

The 2012-13 team went 30-0, achieving the Lady Raiders' first perfect season since the 1983 state title team went 30-0. They also became the first team to win titles in consecutive seasons in different classes. QND's titles in 2011 and 2012 came in Class 2A.

The 2011-12 team may have been the best small-school girls team in Illinois history.

The Lady Raiders defeated their opponents by an average of more than 40 points per game and finished among the top 50 teams in the nation, according to ESPN's national rankings.

Orne's teams have gone 184-8 in the last six seasons, winning five state tournament trophies. His career record is 333-73.

Orne also has coached the softball team since 1997, compiling a 402-165 record in 17 seasons. His teams have won at least 23 games in each of the last 10 seasons.

When he's not on the basketball court or the softball diamond, Orne is the associate athletic director at Quincy Notre Dame.

He and his wife Tracy live in Quincy.


Harold and Gerald Mast

Harold Mast says he and his brother Gerald have "seen a couple faces come and go" during their time volunteering at Quincy Notre Dame and Quincy University.

That's putting it lightly. The Masts have more likely seen tens of thousands of faces come through the doors during their years providing a helping hand for fans, their children and their grandchildren at local athletic events.

The twin brothers help with ticket taking, concessions or parking for nearly all sports at QND and QU. Between the two of them, they have nearly 90 years of volunteer work at the schools.

Gerald is in his 45th year, and Harold has 44 years under his belt.

Gerald has volunteered for the American Red Cross adaptive aquatics program at QU for 17 years, and he has been with the Boy Scouts since 1968. He earned the Golden Deeds Award for volunteer service in 2008.

When the Masts aren't volunteering at QND or QU sporting events, they're likely attending a game in the area. They frequently can be seen in the summer at Quincy Gems games and enjoy attending area prep basketball games when the Raiders are playing on the road.

Harold and Gerald's volunteer efforts didn't spark from an innate interest in athletics. Neither played high school sports, and prior to their retirement, neither worked in a job that centered around athletics.

Harold was a timekeeper for Gardner Denver for 42 years, while Gerald worked for Moorman Manufacturing for 28 years and later for the Illinois Veterans Home for nearly 12 years.

The brothers still live in Quincy and have no intentions of slowing down.


Chris Curran

Like any competitor, Chris Curran wasn't much for losing as a high school or a college standout, so it's ironic that he ended up playing for a short period with one of the biggest losers of all time.

Curran, a 1974 graduate of Catholic Boys High School, is one of 13 children of Quincy sports legend Duke Curran.

He helped the Raiders to a fourth-place finish in the Class A state tournament under first-year coach Phil Conover.

He averaged 18.3 points as a senior, leading in scoring in 23 of his team's 32 games.

His 586 points that year is the eighth highest in school history, and his 881 career points landed him 15th on the school's scoring list.

After starting his college career at Northern Illinois University, Curran made his way back to Quincy College and was a leader on one of the best teams in school history.

After averaging 13.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior in 1976-77, he helped the Hawks to a third-place finish in the NAIA Tournament and a school record 30 victories as a senior in 1977-78.

After graduating from QC, Curran did a European tour with the Harlem Globetrotters. He had the unenviable task of trying to guard them as a member of the lowly Washington Generals.

Curran lived for many years in California. When he wasn't playing pickup games against NBA players in Los Angeles, he was earning his keep as a wind surfing instructor in the summers and as a ski instructor in the winters. He later owned his own chiropractic business in Springfield.

Curran was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January 2003, and he died on July 19, 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Cameron, and his girlfriend, Teri Litwiler.


Brian McNeil

McNeil entered Quincy Notre Dame in the fall of 1995 as a gangly, 6-foot-4 center with plenty of size and plenty of work to do. When he graduated in the spring of 1999, he was 6-foot-9 and one of the best basketball players in the history of the school.

McNeil finished in the top 10 in career scoring and set a school record with 25 rebounds in a single game while leading QND to a 28-6 record third-place finish in the 1999 Class A state tournament.

He averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a senior and was named the Player of the Year by The Quincy Herald-Whig and to the All-State team by the Associated Press.

As a junior, he averaged 10.3 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game on a 24-6 team that lost to eventual state champion Nauvoo-Colusa in the sectional championship game.

McNeil went on to play four years at Quincy University, and when he graduated in 2003, he left as the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,501 points despite being the focal point of the opposition's defensive efforts.

The Hawks won just 39 of 105 games during McNeil's career.

McNeil lives in Chatham, Ill., with his wife, Jill, and their two children Maggie and Brady. He is a physical therapist and partner at Advance Physical Therapy in Chatham.



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