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Bill "Auld Niep" Niepoetter
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1988 Individual Award Winner

Bill was a professional baseball player for four years, was a 190 average bowler in leagues in Springfield and Kansas City and played slow pitch for 25 years in Centralia.  But “Auld Neip” is the best remembered as sports editor of the Centralia Sentinel for 22 years.  After leaving his post at the Sentinel, he became color man for Orphan sports on WILY radio for eight years.

Niepoetter was the Co-Founder of the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame and without him, very little of Centralia sports history would be preserved. 

Bill spent untold hours tracking down all aspects of Centralia sports, history, and statistics, and made them known throughout the state and nation. 

Bill probably saw more high school athletes perform than anyone in Southern Illinois.  He watched nearly 200 basketball games a season, 100 baseball games, countless track meets and three football games a week.  He covered St. Louis football Cardinal home games for nearly 15 years, meeting many great personalities and bringing the name of Centralia to national media.  

“Auld Neip” officiated for many years including St. Louis University games at Kiel Auditorium.  He umpired State American Legion baseball tournies and Junior College State torunies, and the Ten-state Babe Ruth League tourney.

He had feature articles in every major newspaper in the state and St. Louis area telling of the achievements of the Centralia sports program.  He is the one who compiled the statistics to allow Centralia to be recognized as the "winningest" high school basketball team in the nation.

In 1980, he was inducted into the I.B.C.A. Hall of Fame (Media). 

In 2006, he was inducted into the Clinton County League Baseball Hall of Fame. He served the league as an umpire for 15 years. 

In 2008, Niepoetter was inducted into the Kaskaskia College Athletic Hall of Fame.



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