Alvin High School definately offered boys basketball. The school also produced a STATE CHAMPION in boys track and field! It is probable that baseball was also offered. However there is VERY limited information on the athletic program If you have any information you wish to share please write to us via e-mail.
The IHSA website shows Alvin High School winning a District title in boys basketball. Unfortunately the team record and coaches names of this and other successful Alvin High School teams are not available.
Scores of games involving Alvin High School in the IHSA State Tournament were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.” The scores we found are reprinted below.
Beginning of basketball program through 1926-27 Postseason scores, coaches’ names, and records needed.
1921-22 Watseka District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed
1st Rd Beat Bismarck 35-18
2nd Rd lost to East Lynn 24-15
Watseka beat East Lynn in title game
1922-23 through 1926-27 Postseason scores, records, and coaches’ names needed.
1927-28 Hoopeston District Champions Coach’s name & record needed
Beat Rankin 13-11
Beat Stockland 25-11
Normal Sectional Tournament
1st Rd Beat Paxton 30-19
ALVIN (30): Bowman 20, Darr 6, Weyer 2, Hiatt 2.
PAXTON (19): Hoffman 10, Turner 8, Mearns 1.
Semi-final lost to Streator 25-18
STREATOR (25): Dixon 9, Paton 6, Mohler 6, Hart 4.
ALVIN (18): Hiatt 8, Bowman 8, Darr 2.
Streator won Sectional title
Streator lost in Elite 8 round
1928-29 through 1931-32 Postseason scores, coaches names, & records needed.
1932-33 Hoopeston District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to Rankin 27-16
Rankin lost in quarter-final round
1933-34 Milford District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to Rankin 27-16
Rankin lost in 2md Rd
1934-35 Hoopeston District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to Wellington 35-16
Wellington lost in 2nd Rd
1935-36 Westville District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to Ridge Farm 26-17
Ridge Farm lost in semi-final round
1936-37 through 1939-40 Postseason scores, coaches names, and records needed.
1940-41 Cissna Park District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to East Lynn 32-17
Potomac beat Cissna Park in title game
1941-42 through 1943-44 Postseason scores, records, and coaches’ names needed.
1944-45 Wellington District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
1st Rd lost to Wellington 35-32
Wellington beat East Lynn in title game
1945-46 Potomac District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed
1st Rd Beat Stockland 45-32
Semi-final lost to East Lynn 26-24
Rankin beat East Lynn in title game
1946-47 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.
1947-48 Potomac District Tournament Coach’s name & record needed.
**1st Rd lost to Sheldon 42-26
Stockland beat Sheldon in title game
**Final boys basketball game for Alvin High School “Pirates”. School dissolved and became part of the Rossville-Alvin School District.
Boys Track & Field
Alvin High School had many good athletes over the years, however only one placed in the IHSA State Track Meet, and he was crowned STATE CHAMPION!. The following was sent to us by Bruce Samoore and is verified on the IHSA website at the web address of
“A student from Alvin High School, believed to be William E. Bivans, in 1919, placed First in the Mile Run, at the Boys State Track and Field, Class B Championships. On the IHSA Records his name is spelled Bevans, with no first name listed. With the school now closed, and possibility that the student records could be in Hoopeston, or Rossville, or even in Bismark, might turn up verification of enrollment. The 1920 US census, shows a William Bivans living with his parents and brother, in the village of Alvin, in Ross Twp., Vermillian CO. There is no surname of Bevans listed for Vermillian Co., 1920.”
1918-19 IHSA Class ‘B’ Championship Meet
William Bivans State Champion 1 Mile Run
**From Don Claypool:
“After Alvin consolidated the building was taken over by the grade school. I went there my 7th and 8th grade graduating in 1950. I had older siblings who attended Alvin High School. My older sister, Thelma Ross, put together the last High School reunion held there. I believe that was about 1970. I knew the Bill Bivans you mentioned. I believe you have that item correct. Bill never married to my knowledge. He use to take vacations out west to add to his large rock collection.”
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