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Bob Nickolaus
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1987 Individual Award Winner


Bob Nickolaus' was a multi-talented athlete at Centralia High School, winning special recognition in football and basketball from the Champaign News-Gazette and the Chicago Daily News.  However, his claim to fame came in the area of track and field.

He was State high jump champion in 1949 (5’11 3/4”), and second place in 1950 (5’10 1/2”) and was District high jump champion in 1948, 1949, and 1950.

He received special mention All-State recognition in both football and basketball at Centralia High School.  He led the 1949 football team in scoring with 68 points as the team finished 5-3 on the season.  He was named first team All-Tourney at the Centralia Holiday Tournament in 1949 as the Orphans finished second to Chicago Tilden.  The 1949-50 basketball finished 21-7. 

Nickolaus was also a member of A.L. Trout’s only baseball team at CHS in 1947. The team played in the summer months and had a record of 12-2 and tied for the South Seven Conference title.

He went on to start in basketball and run track at SIU Carbondale.



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