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The Cathedral High School basketball program had some real nice seasons though they never brought home any IHSA hardware. The competition in the Belleville area is fierce and we are sure it was difficult to get through the Regional there. However, there were several memorable seasons for the Cathedral alum to be proud of. The folllowing list was located on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org).
1932-33 18 – 5
1933-34 Coach Alphonse Scherer
1934-35 18 – 9 Coach Alphonse Scherer
1935-36 12 – 10 Coach Alphonse Scherer
1936-37 15 – 7 Coach Alphonse Scherer
1937-38 Coach Bob Schmidt [partial] / Coach Edward Dunne [partial]
1938-39 20 – 6 Coach William Siemer
1939-40 Coach Rothermich
1940-41 Coach Henry Heideman
1941-42 Coach Leo Wagner
1942-43 Coach Alphonse Scherer
1943-44 14 – 11 Coach Albert Stein
1944-45 14 – 9 Coach Albert Stein
1945-46 Coach Martin McMurtrey
1946-47 16 – 10 Coach Martin McMurtrey
1947-49 Coach Martin McMurtrey
1949-53 Coach Francis Haug
1953-54 Coach Dan Crogham
1954-55 13 – 11 Coach Francis Haug
1955-56 16 – 8 Coach Francis Haug
1956-57 14 – 11 Coach Adrian Jansen
1957-58 20 – 7 Coach Adrian Jansen
1958-59 21 – 5 Coach Adrian Jansen
1959-60 23 – 5 Coach Adrian Jansen
1960-61 16 – 11 Coach Adrian Jansen
1961-62 16 – 8 Coach Adrian Jansen
1962-63 17 – 7 Coach Adrian Jansen
1963-64 Coach Adrian Jansen
School’s Last Season as Belleville Cathedral was 1963-64.
Coach Adrian Jansen saw to it that the school went out on a very high note. In Jansen’s eight seasons at Cathedral the school had an overall record of of 136-39, a .663 winning percentage! This included three straight twenty-plus games won seasons from 1957-58 through 1959-60.
One linkster brought home a top-ten individual medal from the State Golf Tournament. Robert Kosar earned a SEVENTH Place finish in the individual standings in 1947!
1947 Robert Kosar 7TH Place
The Crusaders won several conference titles in the St. Louis Catholic League, five of them in the late-1940’s. Cathedral took on the likes of Alton Marquette, St. Louis St. Joseph, St. Louis Chaminade, and Kirkwood Coyle in league action.
From former student Dennis Stockley:
During the ’62-’63 school year the Varsity Football Team, under head coach Max Hamilton, racked up an impressive record of 9-1. The only loss being to BTHS. As a side note, the assistant coach that year was Glennon Schott whom I believe is currently head coach at Althoff. I believe it was his first year at the school.
In the final season (’63-’64) Coach Hamilton lead the Crusaders to an 8 – 2 season with losses to Assumption and again BTHS.
1945 Catholic League Champs
Comes from behind to defeat cross-town rival Belleville High (first time in 19 years)
1946 Catholic League Champs
1947 Catholic League Champs
1948 Catholic League Champs
1949 Catholic League Champs
1962 9 – 1 Coach Max Hamilton
1963 8 – 2 (Final Season) Coach Max Hamilton
From the Belleville News-Democrat (http://www.bnd.com/news/local/story/239219.html), an article about Henry Eversmann WWII veteran from Belleville (Cathedral). Thank you to Mark Jurenga for this great find.
*Served in World War II; United States Army, 36th Infantry Division.
*Advanced to Corporal.
*Earned Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
*Campaigns include: Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France
**From Dennis R Stockley, Althoff Class of ’66
“Just to give you a bit more info about the school. It was staffed by the Brothers of Mary for, I believe, 59 years according to the CRUSADER ’64, the yearbook for the schools final year. It also has a Class of 1911, Class of 1912 and Class of 1964 on the inside front cover page. The principal that final year was Brother Francis Haug S.M. and the vice-principal was Brother Thomas Egolf S.M.
……the old Cathedral High School building had a bowling alley in the basement. I think it was only two or possibly four lanes. It used pin boys since it predated automatic pin setters.
I graduated from Althoff in 1966 attending Cathedral my Freshman and Sophomore years.”
**From Gary N, Helfrich (Cathedral Class of 1964):
“Reading your article on my high school, I’d just like to add that Cathedral High School did indeed have a bowling alley in the basement. It had four lanes and my brother and I set pins there for two years. My Junior and Senior years. I also remember a cigarette machine was in the basement’s hallway. You would not see that today. I was sorry to see the school building torn down two or three years ago.”
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