Bill Niepoetter
Bill Niepoetter
Nickname: Auld Niep
City: Centralia
State: Illinois
Hometown: Centralia, Illinois
Team: Friend of KC

Bill Niepoetter was a native Centralian who worked as a reporter and eventually became sports editor for the Centralia Sentinel newspaper from 1957 to 1979.  Bill began covering sports for Centralia Junior College, now Kaskaskia College in 1957.  Later, Bill would become the news director for the local radio station, WILY/WRXX.   

An athlete in his own right, Bill was a professional baseball player for four years, bowled in leagues in Springfield and Kansas City, and played slow pitch for 25 years in Centralia. 

Bill taught Journalism classes at Kaskaskia College and served as the sponsor for the school’s newspaper, “The Scroll.” Bill was also a past President of the Illinois AP Sports Editor Association and a co-founder of the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame. Bill was a dedicated supporter of athletics at Kaskaskia College and in the local community.  Bill attended moer than 200 basketball games a season, 100 baseball games and countless track meets and football games.  Additionally, he covered the St Louis Cardinals football home games, umpired state American Legion baseball tournaments and Junior College State tournamenets as well as the Ten State Babe Ruth League Tournament.  Bill served as Clinton County League umpire for 15 years.

Bill was inducted into the Centralia Hall of Fame as a journalist, the IBCA Hall of Fame and the Nokomis Hall of Fame as a player. Bill was also selected as an honoree by the Clinton County League Hall of Fame as an umpire.