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Campbell Inducted into IBCA Hall of Fame

Co-authors Teri Campbell of Cobden (front row) and Anne Ryman are pictured with Bruce Firchau, a board member with  the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, after the two were inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame earlier this month for the novel they penned on the Cobden Appleknockers basketball team of 1964, which placed second in the state.  (Photo provided)

Co-authors Teri Campbell of Cobden (front row) and Anne Ryman are pictured with Bruce Firchau, a board member with the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, after the two were inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame earlier this month for the novel they penned on the Cobden Appleknockers basketball team of 1964, which placed second in the state. (Photo provided)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College basic skills specialist Teri Campbell received a special honor last month when she was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, along with her good friend, Anne Ryman, for co-authoring a book entitled, “The Amazing Appleknockers.”

The novel is a detailed account of the 1964 Cobden High School boys’ basketball team, which placed second in the state during an era in which there was only one class of basketball, meaning that the Appleknockers had to defeat several schools with much larger enrollments to reach the title match.

Campbell and Ryman were recognized at a dinner at Illinois State University in Bloomington.

“We had a lot of fun. The induction was a real honor,” Campbell said. “I was glad my co-author and her husband and sister were able to attend. I was glad my family was there with me, too. It was real nice that Coach Ruggles (Appleknockers head coach from the ’64 team, Dick) and his wife, Mary, and five of the players from that team and their wives all attended. That made it a very special day for me.”

Campbell said she hopes her induction brings more attention to that special season in Cobden.

“I hope that people are reminded or can learn about the great things that team accomplished,” she said.