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Ron Wimpy
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2005 Individual Award Winner


 

As Quarterback of A.L. Trout’s last two football teams at Centralia (Township) High School, Wimpy led the teams to 5-3 (South Seven Conference Champs) and 4-5 (Conference Runner-up) records in 1949 and 1950 respectively.

He received honorable mention All-State recognition both years.

He was a starting guard for Trout’s C(T)HS basketball teams in 1948-49 (15-12), 1949-1950 (21-7), and 1950-1951 (18-10). The Orphans finished second in the Holiday Tourney in 1949 and were consolation champions in 1950, as Wimpy received second team All-Tourney honors. 

Trout’s coaching days ended after the Holiday Tourney in 1950, due to illness, and Jimmie Evers took the reins for the rest of the season. The Orphans fell to Mt. Vernon in sectional play in both 1949 and 1950 as the Rams went on to State Titles each year. However, in 1950-1951, Wimpy had the honor of making the winning basket to end Mt. Vernon’s 46-game winning streak in a game at Mt. Vernon. He received honorable mention All-State notice and was named First Team All-Southern Illinois by the Evansville Courier.

Wimpy received eight varsity letters at C(T)HS (football-2, basketball-3, track-3). He was voted Most Valuable All-Around Athlete for 1950-1951.

With the distinction of being the last football and basketball captain for Coach Trout at C(T)HS, Wimpy took a basketball scholarship to play for former Centralia stand-out, George Hails, Jr. at Reedley Jr. College in California. Under Hails, they were Conference Co-Champs as Wimpy led the team in steals and assists and was the second leading scorer.

He also batted .310 for the baseball team.

When Hails took a different coaching position for the next year Wimpy transferred back home to Centralia Junior College for the 1952-1953 season. As Captain, he led the team in scoring, assists, and steals and was named First Team All-Conference. The Blue Devils were Central Illinois Conference Champions, Missouri-Illinois Champions, and runner-up in the NJCAA Region II Tourney where Wimpy received First Team All-Tourney honors.

From CJC Wimpy received a basketball scholarship to East Texas Baptist College (now ETB University). As floor general Wimpy led the 1953-1954 Tigers in assists, steals and was the second leading scorer. They were Conference Champs with a record of 17-10. His final season, as captain and MVP, he led the team in all three categories, as they finished a school record tying 19-7 and were Conference runner-up.

“The best way to describe Wimpy’s defense is constant aggravation” is what one Texas sports writer had to say about the way Wimpy played the game.

Wimpy was named First Team All-Big State Conference each season and received Honorable Mention NAIA All-American recognition his Senior season. He was also an honor student and Vice-President of the student body.

His ETBU coach made the comment, “Wimpy is too small, too slow and can’t jump. All he can do is beat you.” 

In 2000, Wimpy was inducted into the ETBU Hall of Fame.


 

 

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