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Louis "Soup" Semeny

Inducted 1982

Elgin High School Class of 1924


Louis "Soup" Semeny was born in Orshaza, Hungary, November 28th, 1903 and graduated from Elgin High School in 1924. Elgin's long—standing interest in basketball was ignited by this sharp-shooting, play-making Elgin High School guard who led the Maroons past 575 schools to their first state championship in 1924. The team captain and play—making guard was named to the tournament officials' All-State team that year despite playing with an injured shoulder. In one tournament game, Semeny scored a then unheard of 29 points. Playing all four years on the EHS varsity, his 648 total points made in a low—scoring era was a school record for 25 years. He was the Maroons' leading scorer in both the 1922-23 and 1923—24 seasons. Doug Mills, a teammate of "Soup's" on the 1923-24 championship team and who became athletic director at the University of Illinois, has said that on the basis of his speed, endurance, sure eye and shiftiness, Semeny was the greatest basketball player he had ever watched. In later years, Lou officiated basketball games for the Illinois High School Association.