Tallula High School brought IHSA hardware in Boy’s Basketball. Very little information is available on the IHSA web site regarding the school. If you are able to share any information with us we hope you will take the time to do it. We are interested in season records, coach’s names, and any information on other sports played at Tallula High School. The success of the Boy’s Basketball team is listed below.
The boys of 1938-39 had an excellent season. It was not real common for a small school to come out of a District Tournament and go on to win the Regional against the much larger schools. The Flyers of 1938-39 however did just that! Another District Championship was earned in the 1959-60 season at Tallula High.
1933-34 4 – 12 Coach Wheeler
Tallula HS Basketball Team of 1933-34
Submitted by MIKE TRENARY (left click on photo for larger view)
*From Mike Trenary regarding the THS Team of 1933-34 pictured above:
“The 1933-34 Tallula basketball team finished with a record of 4-12. Their coach was Mr. Wheeler. The leading scorer for the season was Dean Jones, #4 in the team photo. In 1933 there were 66 students in the 4-year high school.”
1938-39 22 – 5 District & Regional Champions (see article below)
1959-60 District Champions
TALLULA FLYERS GREATEST BASKETBALL SEASON, 1938-39:
Coach O. G. (Orrie) Bryant assembled 5 seniors, 2 juniors and one freshman at the beginning of the season to see how the small school would fare against its larger neighbors. Tallula had no conference affiliation and played mostly area teams as well as taking part in two near-by mid-season tournaments.
The Flyers started with two lopsided wins before being edged by Petersburg on Nov. 29, 1938, by a score of 25-21. Senior John Janssen and junior Kenneth Belton became the main scorers for the team but they had plenty of help from junior John Lamper, freshman J. R. Gilbert, and seniors Lloyd Loeffler, Mark Maurer, Gerald Jones and Don Beard.
They racked up some pretty impressive offensive numbers for that era of high school basketball, scoring in the 50s twice and in the 40s six times.
In the Petersburg holiday tournament they easily beat Franklin (41-17), Waverly (37-16), and Riverton (23-18), before falling to the host team in the championship game (24-22). Tallula went on a five game winning streak, lost a quarterfinal game in the Ashland tournament and then won nine straight.
They won their first ever District tournament (at Greenview) on Feb. 25, 1939, beating Bath-Lynchburg 30-21 in the title game. The following week, playing in the Athens Regional, Belton and Janssen combined for 18 points as THS edged Havana 28-23. The same two boys racked up 28 points as they avenged their early season losses to Petersburg by whipping the Blue Jays 37-25. The next night (March 3) they came from behind and beat Athens for the championship 25-17. Scoring was evenly divided with Jones and Lamper garnering five points each.
On March 8 the Flyers entered uncharted territory: the Sectional Tournament at Canton. The boys failed to hold a halftime lead and lost to a talented Lincoln squad 29-24. Belton led with 9 points while Lamper had 8.
A big rally at the school welcomed the team home after a very successful season of 22 wins and 5 losses. The seniors were among 18 who graduated from the high school in May 1939 (the 50th annual graduation; 7 girls, 11 boys).
Signs that the Tallula district was shrinking in student population in 1939 was the graduation of only 11 from the 8th grade (6 girls, 5 boys).
But overall it was a great season, one that would never be repeated.
The following information was also submitted by Phil Shadid:
1959-60 13-13 District Champs Coach’s name unavailable
1962-63 8-9 Coach Lynn Toute
Tallula HS Gymnasium Scoreboard 1923 – 2011
Now On Display at Petersburg PORTA HS Gymnasium
**Last game played: Feb. 27, 1963, Ashland District Tournament:
Tallula 58, Ashland 61. Scoring for Tallula: Mike Bottom 24 points (a 6-2 senior, he was leading scorer for the team during the entire season), John Tedde 12, Floyd Grogan 8, Richard Miller 8, Gay Hinds 6.
**Last game won: Feb. 22, 1963, regular season finale:
Tallula 78, Edinburg 65. Scoring for Tallula: Bottom 18, Grogan 18, Tedde 17, Hinds 10, Buddy King 8, Miller 7.
**May 1963 there were 58 students in the high school, 125 in the grade school. Eleven seniors (3 boys) graduated from high school in 1963.
**A student from Tallula grade school submitted the winning entry in 1963 to name the new consolidated school district. He was awarded a $25.00 Savings Bond for the name “PORTA” …Petersburg-Oakford-Rock Creek-Tallula-Atterberry.
We Are Seeking More Information…
…regarding THS and the town of Tallula. Please take the time to answer the School Submission Form or Guest Commentary Form to assist us. What were the other sports offered, other activities offered, and successful teams that did not win IHSA hardware? Especially interesting would be the record of the 1938-39 basketball squad. You can contact us via e-mail at email@example.com ..
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Tallula HS Class of 1937
Submitted by MIKE TRENARY