MILESTONES IN LBAA HISTORY

1946 Arthur C. Dallman, a leading Lutheran layman in Buffalo starts Midwest Lutheran Basketball Tournament in Cleveland
1952 Mel Doering directs Junior Division at Valparaiso University-Charles Schmoke directs Senior Division in Detroit
1952 Mel Doering becomes tournament director, assisted by Charles Schmoke, Bud Kuester in Chicago, and Paul Rahdert
1953 Paul Rahdert hosts Senior Division at Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, IN
1960 Zion-Fort Wayne, IN wins 4th Senior Division championship, followed by Junior Division titles in 1962 and 1964
1961 Junior Division tournament held in St. Louis
1962 Junior Division tournament moves to Detroit
1964 Senior Division moves to Detroit; Ralph Krueger of Chicago LAA directs Junior Division at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL – Mel Doering retires from National Tournament
1965 Garry Schuemann becomes Chicago LAA basketball chairman; both Seniors & Juniors play in Chicago at Navy Pier
1968 Augustana, Chicago wins first of 4 consecutive Junior Division titles; Ken Zylstra hired as Chicago LAA athletic director
1969 National Tournament moves to Chicago Luther High School North
1970 Garry Schuemann & Ken Zylstra found the Lutheran Basketball Association of America; Mel Doering returns to Valparaiso University as publication director
1971 With help from Mel Doering and John Krause, LBAA moves National Tournament back to Valparaiso University
1973 First Immanuel, Chicago captures 3rd consecutive Senior Division title; Fred Kettner joins the LBAA board of directors
1975 Lutheran Sports Association of Illinois founded; Illinois state champion St. Andrews, Park Ridge begins string of 11 straight National Titles won by Illinois teams
1977 Mel Doering is the first to be inducted in the LBAA Hall of Fame
1978 John Krause enters the Hall of Fame and retires from Valparaiso University
1984 Garry Schuemann becomes third Hall of Famer
1986 Wally McCormack officiates his 15th and last National Tournament; is enshrined in tournament award ceremonies
1989 Fred Kettner joins 4 others in LBAA Hall of Fame
1990 Christ-Peoria, IL wins inaugural Boys Division Tournament
1991 The LBAA honors Valparaiso University on the 20th anniversary of the return of the National Tournament to the campus
1993 Trinity-Hoffman, IL wins inaugural Girls Division tournament; Ken Zylstra enters the Hall of Fame
1994 Dr. William Steinbrecher, athletic director at Valparaiso University, inducted into the LBAA Hall of Fame
1996 LBAA National Tournament of Champions celebrates its Golden Anniversary
1997 St. Jacobi-Greenfield, WI wins the LBAA Tournament of Champions in both the Boys and Girls Division
1998 VU Sports Management department becomes actively & academically involved with National Tournament
2001 Jim McElligott enshrined in the LBAA Hall of Fame after retiring with 25 years on the Board of Directors
2002 Mel Doering enshrined in the Valparaiso University Athletic Hall of Fame for his work with the LBAA & VU