Hall of Fame Inductee - 1981 Boys Basketball Team

Arguably the greatest team in Quincy High School history. With two future Big Ten Conference players - 6 foot 10 center Michael Payne and 6-3 guard Bruce Douglas - the Blue Devils won all 33 games to claim the second state championship for Quincy. So dominating was this team that only three games, a 76-75 overtime victory over Chicago Phillips in the championship game of the QHS Thanksgiving Tournament, a 47-42 win over New Lenox Providence in the Pontiac Christmas Tournament title game and a 64-58 triumph over Lincoln in the sectional final - were decided by fewer than nine points. Quincy crushed Kankakee Westview in the super sectional (77-44), Antioch in the quarterfinals (75-50), Wheaton Central in the semifinals (65-34) and Proviso East in the championship game (68-39). The Blue Devils won their fifth straight Western Big Six title and were voted the mythical national champion by Dave Krider of USA Today. Payne, a senior who went on to star at Iowa, averaged 16.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. Douglas, a future Big Ten Conference MVP at Illinois, averaged a team high 19.3 points and 7.4 assists as a junior. Both were named to every All-State team and to several All-America teams.

Jerry Leggett

Assistant Coaches
Mike Hellenthal
Tom Berry

Dennis Douglas
John Lepper
Richie Hawkins
Scott Allen
Tim Huseman
Joel Myers
Dave Sandercock
Mark Sparrow
Mark Kaufman
Phil Hoffman
Brad Schrader
Shane Barnes
Terrell Hickman
Mark Foley

Steve Brace
Kyle Cookson
Jim Powell
Mark Boster

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