Injuries plagued Larry Gorman's basketball playing career, but a free education to a Big Ten school made up for his frustrations.
- Ken Ryan
Thursday, December 22, 2011
During his college basketball career at Northwestern, Larry Gorman had been dubbed with a less than flattering nickname. He certainly understood it, however. “I guess my nickname was often-injured,” said the 1987 Oak Forest graduate. After playing through a broken finger in his final high school game, Gorman endured an injury-riddled collegiate career. A hernia cut short a promising freshman season, but the real trouble started his sophomore campaign. “I just stood up during practice and my disc blew out,” Gorman said. “I had some hereditary issues with back problems and basketball just pushed it along. "It was frustrating because I had decent success with basketball and was not able to really play again. Northwestern is a class …
Reliving the Glory Days: All-stater Larry Gorman led the Bengals to their first boys basketball state appearance.
- Ken Ryan
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Oak Forest graduate Larry Gorman still wonders if his high school career could’ve ended differently nearly 25 years later. In the midst of a history-making season in 1987, Oak Forest boys basketball coach Ken Connor was suspended for the remainder of the year just a week before the postseason began by then-principal Edward Roberts for what he called conduct detrimental to the overall athletic program. The Bengals still managed to earn the program’s first and only state berth before losing to eventual champion East St. Louis Lincoln 64-58 in the quarterfinals. Oak Forest (28-3) actually led 24-6 after one quarter and 32-16 midway through the second quarter before the Tigers rallied for the win and went on to capture the first of two …