Inductees Stonebock, one of the most respected baseball coaches in Illinois history, coached three Manual High School teams to Illinois State Titles.
Stonebock, a former minor league star and semi-pro catcher, was a stern taskmaster and a brilliant teacher of fundamentals who made Manual a state power year after year.
Taking over the baseball reins in the late 1940's, he won 448 games while losing 174, winning his first state championship when his Rams won all 25 games it played in 1950. He came back to win a second state title in 1965 and followed this up with a third in 1968.
During his long career at Manual, his teams won 14 district, ten regional, and seven sectional championships.
Stonebock, one of the most respected baseball coaches in Illinois history, coached three Manual High School teams to Illinois State Titles.
|1977 Metamora HS Football Team|
Led by head coach John Helmick, the 1976 and 1977 Metamora football teams extended the program's Heart of Illinois Conference winning streak to 25 games, culminating with a third straight league title in 1977.
Metamora saw its 30-game win streak snapped in the 1976 state championship game and the 1977 Redbirds also advanced to the state championship game, losing to Geneseo for the second consecutive year to complete a second straight 12-1 campaign. Ranked #1 in the state, the 1976 Redbirds overcame a 21-0 deficit by rallying for a 22-21 win against Momence to kick off its state tournament run, while the 1977 Metamora squad rolled through the first three rounds by a combined 91-6 score against Lisle Senior HS (29-0), Taylorville (44-0) and Charleston (18-6).