Lostant vs.Wenona – 1973-74 Regional Championship
Lostant wins 64 – 60
The Lostant Rams have a great history of success for both boys and girls sports. The boys won IHSA hardware in basketball and track while the girls faired quite well in basketball and softball. The girls, however, faired extremely well in volleyball. The Rams competed in the Tri-County Confetrence which was formed in 1927. Other schools in the conference included Putnam, Hopkins, Swaney, Magnolia, Henry, Tonica, and Varna. The best seasons of the Lostant Rams and Lady Rams according to the IHSA web site (www.IHSA.org) are listed below.
Boys’ Track & Field
The boys track & field program had great success in the 1920s. Two brothers, Raymond and Cletus Linder, each brought home two medals from the IHSA State Track Meet in the one-class system. Both brothers accomplished this in the Shot Put. Raymond’s efforts came in 1926 (2nd!) and 1927 (5th). His brother Cletus followed this in 1928 (2nd!), and 1929 (State Champ!). Cletus was joined in 1928 by Rolland Lippincott, who placed 4th in the 880 yard run. Their points earned placed Lostant 9th in the Illinois State Track Meet under the old one-class system. One other individual won IHSA hardware. Max Chasteen placed 4th in the high jump in 1944. The complete results are listed below.
1926 Raymond Linder Shot Put 2nd Place
1927 Raymond Linder Shot Put 5th Place
1928 Team Placed 9th Overall in State Meet
(Also Tri-County Conference Champions)
Cletus Linder Shot Put 2nd Place
Rolland Lippincott 880 Yard Run 4th Place
1928 Track Meet Final Team Standings
1.) Chicago Tilden – 22
2.) Urbana – 17.5
3.) Evanston – 12
4.) West Frankfort – 11
5.) Carbondale – 9
Enfield – 9
7.) Chicago Hyde Park – 8
Oak Park – River Forest – 8
9.) LOSTANT – 6
10.) Nine teams tied with 5 points
1929 Cletus Linder Shot Put STATE CHAMPION!!
1944 Max Chasteen High Jump 4th Place
*A nephew of Cletus and Raymond Linder, Edward Linder, advises us that Raymond Linder went on to play football for the University of Colorado upon his graduation from Lostant High in 1927.
The Lostant Lady Rams had an outstanding string of success in their volleyball program. Led by Coach Mary Nicholson, the Lady Rams won an incredible seven straight Regional Titles in the 1980’s, including at least four seasons of more than 20 wins. Coach Nicholson had a hand in the team’s success from its inception, guiding the Lady Ram netters beginning with the first team in 1974. The records of the many great teams and Regional champs of LHS are listed below.
1973-74 10- 2 (good record) Coach Mary Nicholson
1974-75 11- 2 (good record) Coach Mary Nicholson
1975-76 13- 2 (good record) Coach Mary Nicholson
1976-77 14- 1 (good record) Coach Mary Nicholson
1977-78 11- 4 (good record) Coach Mary Nicholson
1979-80 13- 8 District Champions Coach Mary Nicholson
1982-83 13- 5 (good record) Coach Mark Haberkorn
1983-84 22- 5 Regional Champions Coaches Nicholson & Haberkorn
1984-85 25- 2 Regional Champions Coaches Nicholson & Haberkorn
1985-86 22- 6 Regional Champions Coaches Nicholson & Haberkorn
1986-87 22- 6 Regional Champions Coaches Nicholson & Haberkorn
1987-88 N.R.A. Regional Champions Coach Mary Nicholson
1988-89 N.R.A. Regional Champions
1989-90 N.R.A. Regional Champions
NICE JOB LADY RAMS!!
The Lostant Rams boys’ basketball teams also won IHSA hardware. This includes a Regional Championship against the much larger schools of the area in 1944. Coaches names and team records are not currently available. The teams won Tri-County Conference tournaments in 1927-28-44-91. The school enrollment during the 1973-74 Regional Championship run was 84 students….Excellent Job Lostant Rams!!
1926-27 Tri-County Tourney Champions
1927-28 Tri-County Tourney Champions
1928-29 Tri-County Tourney Runner-ups
1939-40 Coach Dean Short
1942-43 District Champions
1943-44 District/Regional Champions
Tri-County Conference Champs
1963-64 District Champions
1973-74 17-10 Woodland HS Regional Champs Coach Jeff Hacker
Cons. Champs Chatsworth Holiday Tour.
Lost 63-59 to Kewanee Wethersfield
1st Round of Wenona Sectional
Coach Hacker Named LaSalle-Peru Area “Coach of the Year”
1974-75 Tri-County Tourney Runner-up Coach Howard “Jack” Roemer
**Coach Roemer also had very successful seasons at other small schools listed on this site–Sheldon HS and Griggsville HS.
1980-81 Tri-County Tourney Runner-up Coach Mark Haberkorn
1985-86 Tri-County Tourney Runner-up Coach Mark Haberkorn
1990-91 Tri-County Tourney Champions Coach Mark Haberkorn
One of the best players to grace the hardwood of Lostant High School was John Freeman. His 50 points scored in a game against Cornell on February 24, 1987 is the school record. Freeman later went on to play at nearby Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby and helped lead the school to a third place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s national finals in 1989.
The Lady Rams won a Regional title, too. The team’s record and name of the coach is not available.
1983-84 Tri-County Conference Champions
1984-85 Tri-County Conference Champions
1985-86 Tri-County Conference Champions
1986-87 Regional Champions
Tri-County Conference Champions
Must have been a talented bunch of ladies in the mid-1980s at Lostant High. They also picked up a Regional championship in Softball. The coach’s name and team’s record are not available.
1985-86 Regional Champions
Mary Nicholson – Girls Volleyball
5 Regional Champions (possibly 7)
176 – 38 (possibly better yet)
May have coached other sports at Lostant High School
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Lostant vs. Kewanee Wethersfield
1973-74 Sectional – 1st Round