Why Isn't This A Disney Movie?: The Amazing Story Of How Tiny Hebron High School, With An Enrollment Of Just 98 Students, Beat Every Other School To Win The Illinois State Basketball Championship
This was back in 1952, before there were separate divisions to make it fair for the little schools. Some facts:
- Hebron had only 98 students, and only 42 boys, at the time it won the state championship. Its opponent in the title game, Quincy, had an enrollment of 1,035 (in only three grades).
- Bill Schulz, the 6-10½ junior center who lived on a dairy farm near Alden, had never seen a basketball game until he entered Alden-Hebron as an eighth-grader.
- The championship game with Quincy was the first ever to go to overtime. It was also the first overtime varsity game that Russ Ahearn had ever coached and that the Hebron players had ever played.
- Many of Hebron's players honed their basketball skills in a grade-school coal room and in a hayloft set up with hoops at each end.
If you drive through Hebron today you'll see the water tower is painted like a basketball in honor of that magical season 55 years ago.