The Hoosiers Of Illinois High School Basketball
Maybe not as many people know of the 1986 Gene Hackman movie “Hoosiers” about an unlikely small town high school basketball team in hoops obsessed Indiana that ascends to state champions in the day of single class state playoffs; but Illinois also had its own version of a small school facing a larger school in a single class playoff. That team was the Hebron Giants, who won the 1952 state title against Quincy High, a school twenty five times larger than their 98 student enrollment.
Now known as the Alden-Hebron Giants, the same school building still stands, as does the gym the state championship run happened in. As with most things it was replaced with a newer addition, but it still retains it’s hoops and the magic of that historical run 70 years ago.