Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

December 6, 2013

T-Town's Zerrusen, Koester make HOF

Alex McNamee
Effingham Daily News

TEUTOPOLIS — Two star players from two of the last three Teutopolis boys basketball teams to make the IHSA final four, including the only championship team, are entering the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Bob Zerrusen, the leading scorer of the 1986 state championship team, and Mitch Koester, the program’s all-time leading scorer and member of the 2000 second-place team, were selected for the 2014 Hall of Fame class and will be inducted at a ceremony on April 26 at Illinois State University.

Zerrusen scored 20.3 points per game during the Wooden Shoes’ state tournament run, which started with a two-point victory against Venice to win the super-sectional. He was one of two Shoes players to make the all-tournament team in Class A. The Shoes went 33-0 that season.

He is one of 14 players in the program’s 1,000-point club, scoring 1,408 points in his career. He graduated in 1986 and attended Lake Land Community College.

In 2007, Zerrusen was named a “Legend of High School Basketball,” according to a March 2007 article in the Daily News. He holds the record for most rebounds in a career (900) in Teutopolis history.

He was the Decatur Herald & Review’s Area Player of the Year in 1986.

Koester is the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,892) and holds school records for most free throws (384) and 3-pointers (232) made in a career.

He was one of two Teutopolis players on the Class A all-tournament team, scoring 14.5 points per game during the Shoes’ state run that ended with a 56-43 loss against Pleasant Plains in the title game. The team was 33-2 and Koester averaged 20.3 points per game that season.

He was the Decatur Herald & Review’s Area Player of the Year in 2000, the year he graduated. He attended Purdue, where he was a three-year starter for the baseball team. Now, he’s in his fourth season as head coach of the Kaskaski College baseball team.

The duo is joined by 19 other players being inducted in April. The class also features a number of coaches, friends of basketball, media, officials and teams.