Hall of Fame Inductee - Don Bickhaus

Don Bickhaus has long been identified with the sport of tennis, but he's earned his spot in the Quincy Sports Hall of Fame for his efforts on the basketball court. During the mid 1940's, Bickhaus was the man in the middle for two outstanding Quincy High teams. After earning a varsity letter his sophomore year, Bickhaus blossomed the next season, scoring 222 points, as the Devils posted a mark of 19-7. His senior year of 1944-45 was one to remember as Quincy came back to capture third place in the state with an impressive 28-5 record. Again Bickhaus was one of the primary options on offense, leading the Devils with 367 points, the team's best. He collected honors off the court by being selected Second Team All-State by the Chicago Daily News and Associated Press. Bickhaus was named as honorable mention All-State by the Champaign News Gazette and was later chosen to play in the North-South All-Star Game. Even though his high school tennis career was cut short due to military service, Bickhaus had a tremendous junior season and represented the Devils in the state tournament. After serving in the military, Bickhaus attended Quincy College where he earned varsity letters in basketball and was the team's leading scorer all four years. He was chosen as the team's captain his freshman, junior and senior seasons and finished a fine career with the Hawks, scoring 1077 points, which was a record at that time. Quincy College inducted Don Bickhaus into it's sports Hall of Fame in 1980. Whether it was on the tennis courts, the basketball court, in business or life in general, Don Bickhaus was a force to be reckoned with.

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