By Brian Nielsen

Anyone starting a ninth decade attending Mattoon High School basketball games rates an autographed basketball, and the Green Wave delivered one to Ken Wooddell at Tuesday night’s game against Mahomet-Seymour.

Wooddell began broadcasting Wave games on the radio in 1949 after moving to Mattoon.

A charter member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Wooddell is also a Hall of Famer for Eastern Illinois University where he was a sports announcer and he received the Illinois Broadcasters Association Pioneer Award.