Lindenwood University-Belleville hosted former Belleville Township High School and Belleville West High School coaches and players from across the country during its Maroons on Main event on Saturday, Feb. 5.
The event began with a Lindenwood men’s home basketball game against Principia College. Broadcast live by Dave Ballone and 1190 KQQZ, it proved to be the highest scoring game in Lindenwood Belleville history as the Lynx beat the Panthers 108-74.
During halftime, the former BTHS and BWHS coaches and players were recognized for their accomplishments, and coaches Jerry Turner, Dave Shannahan, Roger Mueller, and Bill Schmidt were presented with a commemorative plaque now on display in the fitness center. All living coaches from the two schools were present for the event, as well as more than 300 fans and BTHS and BWHS alumni from as far back as the class of 1936.
Guests and alumni toured the renovated gymnasium and had the option of purchasing walkway bricks with their names on them or naming lockers in the gymnasium locker room. Following the game, players and coaches were treated to a reception with food and refreshment provided by Big Daddy’s of Belleville.
“It was a great opportunity for us to honor the coaches and players who accomplished so much on this historic campus,” said Mary Radcliff, assistant vice president and executive director of community relations at Lindenwood Belleville. “We hope that by naming a locker or walkway brick, BTHS and BWHS alumni will continue to feel connected to the campus and the mission that we are fulfilling at Lindenwood Belleville.”