Illinois State Checker Champions 

ILLINOIS STATE CHECKER TOURNAMENTS

YEAR

TOURNAMENT CHAMPION

CITY

CLASS B

 

PLACE

1889

A W Valentine

Rock Island

   

Chicago

1906-

Peter Doran, J Mann, & Frank Wendemuth

Chicago

   

Chicago

1910

Charles Hefter

Kankakee

   

Chicago

1911

Charles Hefter

Kankakee

   

Chicago

1912

Prof  H C Hartshorn

Chicago

   

Chicago

1913

Charles Hefter

Kankakee

   

Chicago

1917

John Howe, Jr.

Chicago

   

Chicago

1918

Frank Wendemuth

Chicago

   

Chicago

1919

George W. Tanner

Chicago

   

Chicago

1920

George W. Tanner

Chicago

   

Chicago

1921

George W. Tanner

Chicago

   

Chicago

1922

S S Bell

Chicago

   

Chicago

1923

J H Scott

Chicago

   

Chicago

1924

Joe M Duffy

Chicago

   

Chicago

1925

Preston H Ketchum

Chicago

   

Chicago

1926

Preston H Ketchum

Chicago

   

Chicago

1927

Preston H Ketchum

Chicago

   

Chicago

1928

Ocar Apple

Rock Island

   

Wyanet

1929

Basil Case

Chicago

   

Chicago

1930

Basil Case

Chicago

   

Ashland

1931

A M Peteck

Chicago

   

Springfield

1932

Willie Ryan

Chicago

   

Chicago

1933

Harland Richards

Springfield

   

Colchester

1934

Paul Browning

Carterville

   

Carbondale

1935

Basil Case

Chicago

Wethington

 

Aurora

1936

Lawrence M Lewis

Chicago

Roy Hunt

 

Mattoon

1937

J R Lester

Springfield

   

Mattoon

1938

J R Lester

Springfield

   

Champaign

1939

J R Lester

Springfield

   

Jacksonville

1940

Eugene R Winter

Chicago

   

Sullivan

1941

H B Mason

Carterville

   

Sullivan

1942

Eugene R Winter

Chicago

   

Sullivan

1943

Bobby Martin

Chicago

   

Sullivan

1944

Rudolph Munsinger

Alton

   

Alton

1945

Leo Sanders

Chicago

   

Paxton

1946

Leo Sanders

Chicago

   

Paxton

1947

Bobby Martin

Chicago

   

Paxton

1948

R S Mudock

Urbana

   

Paxton

1949

Anthony Guersky

Johnson City

   

Paxton

1950

R L Fortman

Springfield

   

Paxton

1951

Bobby Martin

Chicago

   

Paxton

1952

Clayton Beebe

Peoria

   

Joliet

1953

Clayton Beebe

Peoria

   

Bloomington

This information was provided by M A Gurley dated July 1953

ILLINOIS STATE CHECKER TOURNAMENTS

Class A Winner

Year

Illinois State
Tournament Champion

City

Tournament
Champion

City

Place Held

1954

Milton Apel

Chicago

   

Peoria

1955

Robert Flood

Evanston

   

Peoria

1956

R L Fortman

Springfield

   

West Frankfort

1957

John Howe, Jr.

Chicago

   

Danville

1958

Clayton Beebe

Peoria

   

Peoria

1959

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Peoria

1960

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Bloomington

1961

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Bloomington

1962

John T Howe

Chicago

   

Peoria

1963

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Champaign

1964

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Champaign

1965

Clayton Beebe

Peoria

   

Peoria

1966

Clayton Beebe

Peoria

   

Champaign

1967

Bill Leatherwood

Chicago

   

Joliet

1968

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Peoria

1969

Andy Beno

Joliet

Kelly Donaho

Texico

Peoria

1970

Paul Tschappat

Mt. Vernon

   

Peoria

1971

Bobby Martin

Peoria

   

Decatur

1972

Bobby Martin

Peoria

   

Pekin

1973

Bobby Martin

Peoria

   

Pekin

1974

Bill Leatherwood

Chicago

   

Pekin

1975

Bill Leatherwood & Richard Fortman Tied

Chicago & Springfield

   

Decatur

1976

Bill Leatherwood

Chicago

   

Peoria

1977

Richard Fortman

Springfield

   

Mt. Vernon

1978

Richard Fortman

Springfield

   

Pekin

1979

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Decatur

1980

Richard Good

Decatur

   

Alton

1981

Clayton Beebe

Peoria

   

Pekin

1982

Kelly Donoho

Texico

   

Alton

1983

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Peoria

1984

Selwyn Funk

Danville

   

Alton

1985

Bobby Martin

Peoria

   

Alton

1986

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Alton

1987

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Alton

1988

Selwyn Funk & Richard Good Tie HP

Danville & Decatur

   

Alton

1989

Billy Marshall

Peoria

   

Alton

1990

Laverne Dibble

Rockford

   

Pekin

1991

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Alton

1992

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Alton

1993

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

   

Alton

Some information is not available.  Louis Van Deven, Sec. & Treas from 1976 to 1993.
The IL State Tournament became an open tournament in 1985.  The IL State Winner is shown first with the Tournament Winner in the 4th column.
Continue on page 2,  Illinois State Checker Tournament, Class A.  Gene Ellison, Sec and Treas (ISCA) from 1993 to 2011.
Illinois State Checker Association (ISCA) elected President, Ramon Dionisio, V-Pres, Howard Hoover, and Roger Doll as the Secretary / Treasurer in April 2012

Year

Illinois State
Tournament Champion

City

Tournament Champion

City

Place Held

1994

Wayne Huber

East Peoria

Jerry Childers

Tuckerman, AR

Mt. Vernon

1995

Billy Marshall

Washington

Wm Stewart

Paragould, AR

Mt. Vernon

1996

Billy Marshall

Washington

Don West

Mayfield, KY

Mt. Vernon

1997

Dale Heath

Rockford

Alex Moiseyev

Cranberry Township, PA

Mt. Vernon

1998

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

Wm C Stewart

Paragould, AR

Mt. Vernon

1999

LaVerne Dibble

Rockford

Laverne Dibble

Rockford, IL

Mt. Vernon

2000

John Grisley

Marion, IL

Gene Lindsay

Morristown, TN

Marion, IL

2001

John Grisley

Marion, IL

Michael Holmes

New Albany, IN

Marion, IL

2002

Don Verble

Jonesboro, IL

Larry Keen

Halls, TN

Marion, IL

2003

D. L. Fogle

Rock Island

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2004

Cody Short

Marion, IL

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2005

Nathan Gogo

Oak Park, IL

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2006

Gene Ellison

Norris City, IL

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2007

John Grisley

Marion, IL

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2008

Gene Ellison

Norris City, IL

Richard Beckwith

Willoughby, OH

Marion, IL

2009

Ramon Dionisio

Darien, IL

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2010

Ramon Dionisio

Darien, IL

Larry Keen

Halls, TN

Marion, IL

2011

Gary Ellison

Eldorado, IL

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2012

Gene Ellison

Norris City, IL

Michael Holmes

Louisville, KY

Marion, IL

2013 Bryce Morville  Dalton City, IL

Richard Beckwith

Willoughby, OH

Marion, IL

2014

Gene Ellison

Norris City, IL

Alex Moiseyev

Dublin, OH

Marion, IL

2015

Gene Ellison

Norris City, IL

Don West

Mayfield, KY

Marion, IL
2016

Gene Ellison

Norris City, IL

Don West

Mayfield, KY

Marion, IL
2017         Marion, IL

 ILLINOIS STATE CHECKER TOURNAMENTS

Class B Winners

Year

Illinois State Champion

City

Tournament winner

City

Place Held

1954

Dale Brown

     

Peoria

1955

Lloyd Patterson

     

Peoria

1956

Irwin Mayer

     

West Frankfort

1957

R S Murdock

     

Danville

1958

Robert Huston

     

Peoria

1959

Ed Mullin

     

Peoria

1960

Dale Brown

     

Bloomington

1961

M E Dereus

     

Bloomington

1962

W L Marts

     

Peoria

1963

Earl Traver

     

Champaign

1964

Dale Brown

     

Champaign

1965

Wm White

     

Peoria

1966

Roy Moss

Benton

   

Champaign

1967

Dale Heath

Rockford

   

Joliet

1968

Wendell Savage

     

Peoria

1969

Kelly Donoho

Texico

   

Peoria

1970

Wayne Huber

Peoria

   

Peoria

1971

Billy Reed

     

Decatur

1972

Bill Leatherwood

     

Pekin

1973

Carl Lind

     

Pekin

1974

Deal Heath

Rockford

   

Pekin

1975

Wendell Savage

     

Decatur

1976

Bill Marshall

Washington

   

Peoria

1977

Leo Saunderson

     

Mt. Vernon

1978

Dale Brown

     

Pekin

1979

Wendell Savage

     

Decatur

1980

Wayne Huber

East Peoria

   

Alton

1981

Lee Boozer

Centralia

   

Pekin

1982

Leo Woodburn

     

Alton

1983

Claude Gould Tie HP over Lee Boozer

Pana

   

Peoria

1984

Willie Belts

Roxana

Willie Belt

Roxana, IL

Alton

1985

Ken Hendrickson

Decatur

Ken Hendrickson

Decatur

Alton

1986

Richard Beckwith

Decatur

Richard Beckwith

Decatur

Alton

1987

Lee Boozer

Centralia

Lee Boozer

Centralia, IL

Alton

1988

Dale Heath

Rockford

Dale Heath

Rockford, IL

Alton

1989

Louis Van Devon

Carrollton

Louis Van Devon

Carrollton, IL

Alton

1990

Willie Belts

Roxana

Willie Belts

Roxana, IL

Pekin

1991

Dale Heath

Rockford

Floyd Wilson

Washington, MO

Alton

1992

Lee Boozer

Centralia

Lee Boozer

Centralia, IL

Alton

1993

Kelly Donoho

Texico

Floyd Wilson

Washington, MO

Alton

Some information is not available. Louis Van Deven served as Sec. & Treas from 1976 to 1993.
The Illinois State Tournament became an open tournament in 1985. The IL State Winner is shown first with the Tournament Winner in the 4th column.
Continue on page 2, Illinois State Checker Tournament, Class B. Gene Ellison, Sec and Treas (ISCA) from 1993 to 2011.
Illinois State Checker Association (ISCA) elected President, Ramon Dionisio, V-Pres, Howard Hoover, and Roger Doll as the Secretary / Treasurer in April 2012

Year

Illinois State Champion

City

Tournament winner

City

Place Held

1994

Gary Ellison

Eldorado

Gary Ellison

Eldorado, IL

Mt. Vernon

1995

Gary Ellis

Keenes

Gary Ellis

Keenes, IL

Mt. Vernon

1996

Ken Hendrickson

Decatur

LeRoy Wilder

St. Charles, MO

Mt. Vernon

1997

Gary Ellison

Eldorado

Gary Ellison

Eldorado, IL

Mt. Vernon

1998

Claude Gould

Pana

Claude Gould

Pana, IL

Mt. Vernon

1999

Kenneth Ellison

Eldorado

Kenneth Ellison

Eldorado, IL

Mt. Vernon

2000

Claude Gould

Pana

Ted Meriwether

LaCenter, KY

Marion, IL

2001

John Acker

Urbana

John Acker

Urbana, IL

Marion, IL

2002

Cody Short

Marion

Cody Short

Marion, IL

Marion, IL

2003

Kenneth Ellison

Eldorado

Alan Millhone

Belpre, OH

Marion, IL

2004

Morris Pettijohn

Lincoln

Morris Pettijohn

Lincoln, IL

Marion, IL

2005

Byron Polanco

West Chicago

Gayle Helterbrand

Cabool, MO

Marion, IL

2006

Earl Kennell

Roanoke,  IL

Ken Christian

Watertown, TN

Marion, IL

2007

Kenneth Ellison

Eldorado, IL

Kenneth Ellison

Eldorado, IL

Marion, IL

2008

Howard Hoover

Odin, IL

Jerry Askins

Monticello, KY

Marion, IL

2009

Howard Hoover

Odin, IL

Ken Christian

Watertown, TN

Marion, IL

2010

Earl Kennell

Roanoke, IL

Flavious Burgess

Fancy Farm, KY

Marion, IL

2011

Earl Kennell

Roanoke, IL

Alex Holmes

Sellersburg, IN

Marion, IL

2012

Bryce Morville

Dalton City, IL

Bryce Morville

Dalton City, IL

Marion, IL

2013

Earl Kennell

Roanoke, IL

Carson Gullet Rush, KY Marion, IL
2014

Earl Kennell

Roanoke, IL

Flavious Burgess Fancy Farm, KY Marion, IL
2015 Dex Frederick Eldorado, IL Ted Williamson &
Harvey Powell Co-Champs
Kenova, WV
Hendersonville, TN
Marion, IL
2016

Roger Doll

O'Fallon, IL

Ken Christian

Watertown, TN

Marion, IL

2017        

Marion, IL


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