Schwagmeyer, Fischer, Dorsey to be inducted into IBCA Hall of Fame

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Former Central and Quincy University standout Ali Schwagmeyer will be part of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2023. | Photo courtesy QU Athletics

QUINCY — A Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year who played professional basketball overseas, an all-state forward who later played at Culver-Stockton College, and a distinctive radio voice are part of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

Central’s Ali Schwagmeyer, Pittsfield’s Tim Fischer and Quincy’s Jeff Dorsey will be inducted during ceremonies on May 6 at Redbird Arena on the Illinois State University campus.

Schwagmeyer and Fischer are being inducted in the player category with Dorsey part of the media category.

Schwagmeyer, a 2008 Central graduate, is the second-leading scorer in program history with 1,950 points and was a two-time all-state selection. After two seasons at Charleston Southern, which she was named to the Big South Conference all-freshman team, Schwagmeyer transferred to Quincy University.

She was named the GLVC Player of the Year as a junior in 2011, guiding the Hawks to a 16-2 conference record and 24-2 regular-season record. She averaged 17.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game that season. As a senior, Schwagmeyer repeated as a first-team All-GLVC selection and finished her two-year QU career with 978 points, 398 rebounds and 207 assists.

Schwagmeyer went on to play professionally in Germany, Spain and Australia.

Fischer was the focal point of Pittsfield’s offense as a senior during the 1984-85 season. At 6-foot-7, he could score inside against smaller defenders or step out to the perimeter and be lethal against zones. He averaged 18 points and 8.1 rebounds per game despite missing the first seven games with a broken wrist.

Fischer played at the Air Force Academy and Culver-Stockton College before embarking on a career in business that currently has him serving as president of Jackson & Coker, an arm of Jackson Healthcare, a $2 billion-a-year family of highly specialized healthcare staffing, search and technology companies. 

Dorsey joined the staff at WTAD Radio in 1978 when he was 25 years old and spent the next four decades working in radio in some capacity. He was a play-by-play announcer for WTAD, calling Quincy High School boys basketball games as well as sports across the board.

During his career, he won six Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association, including five for best play-by-play of a sporting event.

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