Inductees A 6-foot-10 1/2 forward from Greenville, Texas, Freiberger helped the United States win seven games without a loss to capture the 1952 Olympics gold medal in Finland. He had 16 points in the Peoria Cats' Olympic Trials title-game victory over Kansas, then scored in double figures against Chile and Argentina at Helsinki.
Freiberger lettered at the University of Oklahoma, where he was the Sooners' tallest player of all time up to then, in 1949-50-51, leading OU in scoring (15.1 average) as a senior. An all-conference pick, he possessed defensive quickness and finesse normally associated with much smaller athletes that limited high-scoring opponents Jack Shelton of rival Oklahoma A&M and Clyde Lovellette of Kansas to career lows.
Freiberger scored 46 points against Amarillo, Texas, in the third-place game of the state tournament playoffs before being recruited out of high school to play on the same Oklahoma teams as future Kansas coach Ted Owens.
A 6-foot-10 1/2 forward from Greenville, Texas, Freiberger helped the United States win seven games without a loss to capture the 1952 Olympics gold medal in Finland. He had 16 points in the Peoria Cats' Olympic Trials title-game victory over Kansas, then scored in double figures against Chile and Argentina at Helsinki.
1973-74 Richwoods Boys Basketball Team
Front Row, left to right: G. Schwab, Manager, K. Westervelt, G. St. Julian, K. Krick, S. Mach, G. Moreland, D. Loyd.
The 73-74 Knights had the right combination of muscle, speed, skill, and determination. With a starting lineup of seniors Ray Bailey, Dave Krick, Dave Loyd, junior Chris Williams, and sophomore Dereck Holcolm, this team was programmed to win. The amazing point potential of Williams, along with the strength of the other players, shot the Knights almost immediately to an all-time high state ranking, and a well deserved MS-9 championship. With all starters carrying a double-figured game point average, a "close" game was a rare sight for the Knights. The newspaper raves came in from all around, including a complimentary write-up in the Chicago Tribune. The Knights won the Pekin Holiday Tournament hands down, then went on to win the Mid-State 9 conference title. They captured the regional championship by defeating the Galesburg Silver Streaks. The Knights won their first game in the sectionals, before losing to Peoria Central in a disappointing double overtime defeat. The Knights finished the season with a 27-2 record.