Mt. Auburn High School offered the boys sports of baseball, basketball, and track for sure. The girls competed in basketball, track, and, we believe, volleyball. School team nickname, school colors, fight song, and are all being sought.
Research by Tom Fitch revealed that Mt. Auburn was a part of the following conference with member schools listed in the 1980s:
1983 thru 1984 – Tri-Central Conference: Springfield Calvary Academy, Springfield Lutheran, Mt. Auburn and New Holland-Middletown.
1985 thru 1988 – Tri-Central Conference: Springfield Calvary Academy, Springfield Lutheran, Mt. Auburn, New Holland-Middletown and Springfield Ursuline Academy.
1989 – Tri-Central Conference: Springfield Calvary Academy, Springfield Lutheran, Mt. Auburn and Springfield Ursuline Academy.
The boys basketball program is listed on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) back to the 1947-48 school year. The program had many solid seasons. The greatest success came during the coaching era of Vic Binkley. Coach Binkley brought the Mt. Auburn HS basketball team its only 20+ games-won seasons concluding with the school’s best effort in what might have been their last year of existence. Coach Binkley’s team of 1985-86 finished 22 – 7 and brought home the school’s only Regional Title!
The coach’s names and the better records of the Mt. Auburn boys basketball program are listed below.
1947-48 Coach Williams
1948-49 Coach Williams
1949-50 13 – 10 Coach Williams
1951-52 Coach Ray Bentz
1952-53 Coach Ray Bentz
1953-55 Coach Delmar J. Egli
1955-56 Coach Jim Thornton
1956-57 Coach Charles Lucia
1957-58 19 – 7 Coach Charles Lucia
1958-60 Coach Jim Thornton
1960-63 Coach Billy McCullough
1963-65 Coach Fred Edwards
1965-66 13 – 12 Coach Fred Edwards
1966-67 Coach Larry Graham
1967-68 Coach David Willenborg
1968-69 16 – 7 Coach David Willenborg
1969-70 15 – 9 Coach David Willenborg
1970-71 15 – 9 Coach David Willenborg
1971-72 13 – 11 Coach David Willenborg
1972-73 Coach David Willenborg
1973-76 Coach Dennis Castlenberry
1976-77 Coach Dave Haas
1977-78 Coach Don Alton
1978-79 16 – 8 Coach Don Alton
1979-80 Coach Harold Wainwright
Coach Randy Lewis
1980-82 Coach Vic Binkley
1982-83 20 – 6 Coach Vic Binkley
1983-84 21 – 5 Coach Vic Binkley
1984-85 14 – 11 Coach Vic Binkley
1985-86 22 – 7 Regional Champions Coach Vic Binkley
Last season listed for Mt. Auburn basketball
Girls Track & Field
One lady trackster of Mt. Auburn High brought home the school’s only medal in this sport. Anna Hale took consecutive 4TH Place finishes in the high jump in 1983 and 1984 at the State Class ‘A’ Track Meet!
1982-83 Anna Hale High Jump 4TH Place
1983-84 Anna Hale High Jump 4Th Place
The boys of the baseball diamond also had some good seasons. Only two are currently listed on the IHSA website however.
1977-78 7 – 7 Coach Dan Alton
1978-79 8 – 4 Coach Dan Alton
** From John Butcher (Class of 1977):
“The 1977 Mt.Auburn High School baseball team won the regonal championship and lost in the first game of state tournament to Lanphier High School 7-5. It was before the 2 class system came in, so, all sizes of schools played together. The loss came at Lanphier Park in Springfield, Il. I don’t know what the team record was that year.”
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