Noble West Richland High School “Wildcats”

The History of Noble West Richland High School

Noble (population 746) is located in southeastern Illinois about 35 miles southeast of Effingham and 5 miles east of Olney.  Noble sits on U.S. Route 50 and Illinois Route 250 in east-central Richland County. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad travels through town.  The Hog Run Creek flows through town as does a branch of the Big Muddy Creek.  Noble was incorporated in 1862 (http://www.iltrails.org/richland/townbio’s.htm). Noble was named after an employee of the Ohio & Midland Railroad that was constructed through the area in the 1850s.

Noble High School served the community through the late 1940s. A consolidation effort of the local school districts in the western portion of Richland County occurred and the school’s name was officially changed to Noble West Richland High School. This transformation likely took place in 1948 or 1949. West Richland High School served the town of Noble and several surrounding communities for approximately 65 years. Dwindling enrollment and financial setbacks led to the decision to annex the West Richland School District with its neighbor to the east, the East Richland School District located in Olney. This action occurred at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

The West Richland High School buildings, states one source, were purchased by the Olney Central College. However some of the buildings may continue to serve the East Richland school district as a school in some capacity beginning in the Fall of 2014.

West Richland High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                     1948?

Year closed:                       2014

Consolidated to:                 Olney East Richland High School

WRHS team nickname:     “Wildcats”

WRHS team colors:           Black & Gold

WRHS Fight Song:             ?

ATHLETICS

    

The West Richland High School “Wildcats” competed in several sports throughout the years. Basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and track & field were all offered at one time. The records and accomplishments we located on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) are listed below. If you have any further information regarding athletics at West Richland High School please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net .

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

     

The Wildcat netters had some excellent seasons during there existence. A total of FOUR Regional titles and one Sectional title top the list of great seasons for the West Richland girls. These seasons are listed below.

1989-90                   IHSA Regional Champions     Coach Gwyne Doll

Record and postseason scores needed

1995-96                   IHSA Regional Champions     Coach Gwyne Doll

Record and postseason scores needed

2002-03     12 – 15                                                     Coach Gwyne Doll

    

2005-06     22 – 1     IHSA Regional Champions     Coach Gwyne Doll

UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON

                                 Regional scores needed

                                 IHSA Sectional Qualifier

Semi-final lost to Effingham St. Anthony 2-0

St. Anthony won Sectional

St. Anthony lost to Breese Central in Sweet 16

Breese Central won state title.

2006-07     17 – 6      IHSA Regional Champions     Coach Gwyne Doll

Regional scores needed

IHSA Sectional Champions

                                 Semi-final beat Altamont 2 – 0

                                 Title Game Beat Stewardson-Strasburg 2-0

                                 IHSA Super-Sectional Qualifier

                                 Lost to Breese Central in title game 2-0

Breese Central lost to Hartsburg-Emden in title game

2012-13                    IHSA Regional Runner-Up      Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Louisville North Clay 2-0

                                 Semi-final Beat Farina South Central 2-0

                                 Title Game lost to Grayville 2-1 (25-20, 26-28, 26-24)

Grayville lost in Sectional semi-final to Lebanon

BOYS BASKETBALL

     

The West Richland Wildcats won two District titles over the years. The title s were won in the 1960s. We do have some of the season records and coach’s names for the West Richland High School boys basketball program, however we are always seeking more. Some scores involving West Richland High School in the IHSA State Tournament were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason basketball scores. These scores are posted below.

1947-48                Bridgeport Regional Tournament        Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Robinson 63-43

Robinson beat Lawrenceville in title game

1948-49                Flora Regional Tournament                 Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Teutopolis 67-49

Teutopolis lost to Effingham in semi-final

Effingham lost to Olney in title game

1949-50                Flora Regional Tournament                 Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Effingham 64-54

Effingham lost to Teutopolis in semi-final

Teutopolis lost to Flora in title game

1950-51                Bridgeport Regional Tournament        Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Olney 69-27

Olney lost to Robinson in title game

1951-52                St. Francisville District Tournament    Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Sumner 61-53

Sumner lost to St. Francisville in semi-final

St. Francisville beat Palestine in title game

1952-53  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1953-54  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1954-55   15 – 11  Bridgeport Regional Tournament        Coach Dick Campbell

1st Rd lost to Lawrenceville 91-44

Lawrenceville beat Robinson in title game

1955-56                Robinson Regional Tournament         Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Robinson 83-38

Robinson lost to Lawrenceville in title game

1956-57                Olney Regional Tournament               Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Newton 48-41

Semi-final lost to Lawrenceville 56-54

Lawrenceville lost to Robinson in title game

1957-58                Newton Regional Tournament             Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Newton 47-46

                             Semi-final lost to Oblong 47-40

Oblong beat Lawrenceville in title game

1958-59                Hutsonville District Runner-Up        Coach’s name & record needed

  1st Rd Beat Sumner 59-52

                             Semi-final Beat Allendale 68-52

                             Title Game lost to Hutsonville 56-52

1959-60                Sumner District Tournament               Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat St. Francisville 56-42

Semi-final lost to Hutsonville 59-53

Hutsonville lost to Sumner in title game

1960-61  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1961-62               Sumner District Tournament               Coach’s name & record needed

Semi-final lost to Hutsonville 65-52

Hutsonville lost to Sumner in title game

1962-63               Sumner District Champions             Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat St. Francisville 76-52

                             Semi-final Beat Sumner 50-39

                             Title Game Beat Dieterich 64-56

                             Bridgeport Regional Tournament

                             1st Rd lost to Newton 71-55

Newton lost to Lawrenceville in semi-final

Lawrenceville lost to Olney in title game

1963-64  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1964-65  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1965-66  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1966-67  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1967-68               Sumner District Champions             Coach’s name & record needed

     1st Rd Beat Sumner 79-78

                            Semi-final Beat Dieterich 61-60

                            Title Game Beat St. Francisville 74-64 

                            Newton Regional Tournament

1st Rd lost to Newton 82-68

Newton beat Bridgeport in title game

1968-69               Allendale District Runner-Up           Coach’s name & record needed

                            Semi-final Beat Sumner 65-61

Title game lost to St. Francisville 61-55

1969-70               Hutsonville District Runner-Up        Coach’s name & record needed

                            Semi-final Beat Dieterich 74-72 (O/T)

Title game lost to St. Francisville 60-48

1970-71                Olney Regional Tournament               Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Olney 91-50

Olney lost to Robinson in title game

1971-72                Effingham Regional Tournament         Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Effingham St. Anthony 90-33

St. Anthony beat Teutopolis in title game

1972-73 through 1999-2000 Postseason scores, records, and coach’s names needed.

2000-01    8 – 21   Postseason scores needed                 Coach Klay Wheeler

2001-02    7 – 20   Postseason scores needed                 Coach Klay Wheeler

2002-03    5 – 21   Postseason scores needed                 Coach Klay Wheeler

2003-04    8 – 17   Postseason scores needed                 Coach Klay Wheeler

2004-05    6 – 18   Postseason scores needed                 Coach Lance Boldt

2005-06    8 – 17   Postseason scores needed                 Coach Drew Muston

   

2006-07 through 2011-12  Postseason scores, records, and coach’s names needed.

2012-13                IHSA Regional Tournament                 Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Louisville North Clay 47-31

Louisville beat Cisne in title game

2013-14  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

BOYS BASEBALL

Though they did not win any IHSA Tournament hardware, the Wildcats had some real nice seasons under coach Terry Puckett who led the program from 1994 through at least 2013. Season records prior to 1994 are needed as is the final season record in 2014.  Coach Puckett’s program enjoyed FIVE 20+ games won seasons.

1994-95    15 – 11                    Coach Terry Puckett

1995-96      7 – 15                    Coach Terry Puckett

1996-97    22 – 16                    Coach Terry Puckett

1997-98    20 – 14                    Coach Terry Puckett

1998-99    25 – 14                    Coach Terry Puckett

1999-00    14 – 23                    Coach Terry Puckett

2000-01    17 – 20                    Coach Terry Puckett

2001-02    14 – 14                    Coach Terry Puckett

2002-03    14 – 18                    Coach Terry Puckett

2003-04      3 – 23                    Coach Terry Puckett

2004-05    12 – 23                    Coach Terry Puckett

2005-06    19 – 19                    Coach Terry Puckett

2006-07    27 – 11                    Coach Terry Puckett

2007-08    21 – 12                    Coach Terry Puckett

2008-09    19 – 18                    Coach Terry Puckett

2009-10    12 – 20                    Coach Terry Puckett

2010-11    Record needed       Coach Terry Puckett

2011-12      6 – 13                    Coach Terry Puckett

2012-13      9 – 16                    Coach Terry Puckett

2013-14      Record and coach’s name needed

Extra-Curricular Activities

Noble West Richland High School likely offered many activities to its students to ensure a good, well-rounded education.  Dances, plays, chorus, band, and clubs were all likely a very important part of the Mokena High School experience. If you have any information regarding these activities please contact us via the means listed below.

If You Have More Information Regarding Noble West Richland High School

You can contact us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also send items to us via USPS at:

IHSGD Website

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago, Il.  60631


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