Prep Boys Basketball

Two local coaches, two local players named to IBCA Hall of Fame

QND girls head coach Eric Orne looks to the clock as he cheers the team on during the game against Keokuk during last season. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 16, 2016 1:40 am Updated: Dec. 17, 2016 12:49 pm

QUINCY -- Two former coaches and two former players are part of the 45th induction class for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The IBCA Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will take place May 6 at Redbird Arena in Normal. Among the inductees are former Quincy Notre Dame coach Eric Orne, former Pittsfield coach Matt Elledge, former Carthage basketball player Alisha (Nagel) Grothaus and former Quincy High School basketball player Dick Thompson.

Orne resigned after the 2015-16 season. He guided the Lady Raiders to a 20-6 record last season and a spot in the Class 4A regional championship game at Granite City, where they lost 47-42 to Belleville East.

Orne left the program in June 2014 after coaching the Lady Raiders through one of the most successful eras in state history. QND went 363-77 during Orne's first 14 seasons, winning 20 or more games 13 times and grabbing 30 or more victories seven times.

The Lady Raiders won state championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013, becoming just the fourth girls basketball program in Illinois history to win three straight state titles. QND became the first program to win back-to-back state titles in different classifications, winning the Class 2A championship in 2012 and the Class 3A title in 2013.

Elledge was a varsity coach from 1993-2016, compiling a 419-236 record. He resigned at the end of the 2015-16 season after spending 15 years coaching in the Highland School District. The first 10 years were with the girls program, one year was with the middle school boys, and the last four years with the high school boys.

Elledge had a 201-100 record with the girls program and directed the team to a super-sectional, along with winning six Mississippi Valley Championships, six regional crowns and one sectional championship. His boys teams won three MVC championships in four years. In his one year coaching at Highland Middle School, his team had a 21-4 record and won its first Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class L state championship.

Elledge coached girls basketball for eight years at Pittsfield, compiling a record of 156-76 and taking the Saukees to the Class A state tournament in 1997.

Thompson, a 1953 graduate of Quincy High School, was a standout in football, basketball and baseball. He started as a junior guard on the 1951-52 basketball team that lost to Hebron in the state championship game, and he earned all-state honors in basketball. Thompson received a basketball scholarship to the University of Illinois but transferred to Quincy College after his freshman season. He was a three-year starter at Quincy College and was a starter on the 1954-55 basketball team that was the first Hawks' team to reach the NAIA national tournament.

Thompson later became a basketball official and was one of the first men to play in and to officiate a state championship basketball game. He was a teacher and an administrator in the Quincy Public School system for more than two decades.

Grothaus graduated from Carthage High School in 1998 as the all-time leading scorer with 1,784 points, an average of 13.4 points per game. She averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in helping the Bluegirls finish second in the Class A state tournament in 1998 during her senior season. She also helped the Bluegirls take second in the state as a sophomore.

Grothaus was a three-time member of The Herald-Whig's all-area first team. As a senior, she was named to the IBCA all-state first team, the Class A state tournament team and the Associated Press all-state second team.

Grothaus went on to be a four-year letter winner at Culver-Stockton College, and she ranks 12th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,218 career points. She also ranks in the top 10 in assists, free throws made and 3-point field goals made in a career, and she is tied for the school record for most career games played.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Grothaus' name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. The Herald-Whig apologizes for the error.