It's been 25 years since I created this site as a Father's Day gift for my dad, Frank Pitol, back in 1997. He was looking to update his book, The Wonderful World of Collinsville Basketball: 1908-1976, and I was working in IT developing websites and creating content. This project was the perfect opportunity to work on a project with my dad.
When Coach Lee contacted me about transferring the site to the Purple Pride Booster Club, I had to think about it. Afterall, I've worked on this site for a big chunck of my adult life. The more I thought about it, the more the transfer made sense. Turning over the reins to an organization that can keep the site going long after I'm gone will ensure the site survives.
I've updated a few things on my way out the door. Be sure to check out the Coaches section, where I added content from my dad's book to the pages from Coach Dee through Coach Fletcher. I've also posted a copy of my dad's Master's thesis, The History of Basketball of the Collinsville High School, on the Founders page. The thesis goes into more detail about each season through Collinsville's first State Champions in 1961. He submitted this as a partial requirement for his degree in May 1962... just a few months after I was born.
I've really enjoyed creating this site as a reference tool for my hometown and any fans out there of Kahok basketball. I know this site will be in good hands with Coach Lee and the Purple Pride's Mark Rimar.
-- Scott Pitol
Includes a compilation of season information from 1907-08 through the present with links to detail about each season and team photos (where available).
Includes a compilation of coaches' records from Bliss Dee through Darin Lee with links to detail about each coach's career.
Players are listed alphabetically and by year graduated.
School records for individuals and teams in a number of statistical categories.
Kahoks selected as All-Americans, All-Staters, and to the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.
A chronological history of the Southwestern Conference that also includes champions by year and by school, Collinsville's places, and the standings and the postseason SWC Tournament for the past season.
More about BallPress.com creators Frank Pitol and Scott Pitol.
Follow the current season on the season detail page.
The Kahoks' record against current and former conference members.
A history of the six locations the Kahoks have called home.
How the nickname "Kahoks" was chosen. Words to the school song, Indian Trail, and the fight song.