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BallPress.com is the digital archive of Collinsville Kahok Basketball. This site features updated information originally published in:


 
  The Wonderful World of Collinsville Basketball: 1908-1976  
Copyright 1976 Frank R. Pitol
 
 
  The History of Basketball
of the Collinsville High School

Copyright 1962 Frank R. Pitol

 
 
Frank Pitol was a teacher, coach (football, basketball and track & field) and athletic director at Collinsville High School, as well as a graudate and athlete who lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track at Collinsville.  He was the founder and organizer of the CHS Schnucks Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament (now, the Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic), which began in 1984.  Frank died on August 22, 2009.  The championship trophy for the Holiday Classic was named in his honor.

Scott Pitol is a Certified Archivist and serves as the Assistant Professor and Unviersity Archivist at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  Scott also graudated from Collinsville, where he did plenty of non-ahtletic stuff.  Working on this site with his father led to his interest in preservation and accessibility of historical information and, ultimately, his current career.
 
Special Thanks...
Our deepest gratitude goes to Peggy Doggett for providing records from her late husband, George. George was known as the "man with the black book," meticulously keeping records on Kahok basketball. He always had that book with him.

George was a regular fixture at the end of the Collinsville bench. The last game he saw was the Sectional Tournament at Collinsville where Collinsville lost to Lincoln-East St. Louis 48-47 in March 1987. George was elected to the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. He learned of the selection just before his death in 1987.

Our special thanks goes out to George for his dedication to Collinsville basketball and to his wife, Peggy, for providing access to his records.
 


 

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