Hall of Fame Inductee - Jeff Stollberg

Part of the 1968-69 Quincy High School boys basketball team Sherrill Hanks referred to as the “skinny runts,” Jeff Stollberg was the leading scorer at 15.1 points per game for a group that climbed to No. 1 in the state by midseason.

The Blue Devils won 15 of their first 16 games, finished the season 25-6 and made a Sweet 16 appearance. Stollberg was the team MVP, received special mention all-state and set the school record for free throw percentage at 86.7 percent.

As a junior, he helped the Blue Devils go 22-9 and reach the Sweet 16. Basketball wasn’t Stollberg’s only passion. He earned two two letters in track, setting the school record in the high hurdles at 14.6 seconds as a senior.

Stollberg competed in both sports in college where he was an NAIA honorable mention All-American at Culver-Stockton when he averaged 19.5 points per game and was ranked sixth all-time in scoring when he graduated.

As a senior, he ranked third in the nation in free throw percentage at 87.5 percent. In track, he set C-SC records in the 120-yard high hurdles and the 400 high hurdles.

Stollberg is currently a counselor at Quincy High School. He and his wife, Amy, have three daughters — Ashley, Emily and Erika.

Acceptance Speech

Being chosen as an inductee to the QHS Hall of Fame is a proud day for me and my family. I would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee for nominating me for this honor. Memories of QHS athletics are an important part of my life and a source of great pride.

No matter where I traveled in Illinois, QHS athletics are looked upon with great admiration and respect.

I would like to thank coaches Sherrill Hanks, Dale Hendren, and Don Kelly for their hard work and inspiration, which motivated me to make the best of my abilities.

Most of all I would like to thank my parents, Gerald and Virginia Stollberg, for their unending love and tireless support. They were always there with a helping hand to guide me through life’s challenges.

This great honor is and always will be one of the proudest moments of my life.

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