Hoopeston High School “Cornjerkers” (2024)

ATHLETICS

As you will see, the Hoopeston Cornjerkers enjoyed varying levels of success in several different sports and academic competitions. The boys competed in basketball, cross country, track, and wrestling. It is likely that football and baseball werealso part of the athletic program. The school has had some success in speech conpetition held by theIHSA as well (www.ihsa.org).

Boys Basketball

The Cornjerkers have always been known for their excellent basketball program. It was no different in the times before consolidation took effect. No less than10 Regional titles and one District title were earned by the Hoopeston High School hardwood court men. Unfortunately the team records and coach’s names of these and other great Hoopetson High basketball teams are not currently available.

1922-23District ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

District Scores Needed

Peoria Sectional Tourney

1st Rd lost to Cambridge

1923-24 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1924-25 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1925-2613 – 8Postseason Scores NeededCoach Brasel

1926-27 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1927-28 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1928-29 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1929-30 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1930-31 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1931-32 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1932-33 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1933-34Milford District TournamentCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Crescent City 31-18

2nd Rd lost to Watseka 40-18

Watseka lost title game to Potomac

1934-35Hoopeston District TournamentCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Bismarck 33-14

2nd Rd lost to Potomac 13-10

Potomac lost title game to Milford

1935-36 Hoopeston Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

Hoopeston did not compete in District

1st Rd Beat Sheldon 30-10

Sheldon lost title game to Potomac 20-18

1936-37 Hoopeston Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

Hoopeston did not compete in District

1st Rd lost to Cissna Park 18-15

Cissna Park beat Milford in title game

1937-38Hoopeston Regional ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

Hoopeston did not compete in District

Title Game Beat Cissna Park 36-34

Champaign Sectional Tournament

1st Rd lost to Urbana 27-21

Urbana lost in semi-final round

1938-39 Hoopeston Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

Hoopeston did not compete in District

1st Rd Beat Potomac 25-15

Semi-final lost to Cissna Park 26-23

Cissna Park beat Armstrong in title game

1939-40IHSA Regional ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

Regional Scores Needed

Champaign Sectional Tournament

1st Rd Beat St. Joseph 42-30

Semi-final lost to Paxton 29-26

Paxton lost to Champaign in title game

1940-41IHSA Regional ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

Regional Scores Needed

Champaign Sectional Tournament

1st Rd lost to Urbana 47-34

Urbana won title game overChampaign

1941-42Hopeston Regional ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Cissna Park 44-23

Semi-final Beat Rankin 53-44

Title Game Beat Watseka 31-28

Champaign Sectional Tournament

1st Rd Beat Danville 38-29

Semi-final lost to Urbana 36-35

Urbana Beat Champaign in title game

1942-43 Watseka Regional TournamentCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Cissna Park 44-39

Cissna Park beat East Lynn in title game

1943-44 Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1944-45 Hoopeston Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

Hoopeston did not compete in District

1st Rd Beat Rankin 55-38

Semi-final lost to Rossville 25-22

Rossville lost title game to Milford

1945-46Milford Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Bismarck 66-42

Semi-final lost toMilford 40-32

Milfordlost to Cissna Park in title game

1946-47Hoopeston Regional ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Potomac 52-24

Semi-final Beat Cissna Park 30-27

Title Game Beat Rossville 42-32

Champaign Sectional Tournament

1st Rd lost toChampaign 66-32

Champaign beat Danville in title game

1947-48Milford Regional Champions Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Milford 48-35

Semi-final Beat Rossville 51-41

Title Game Beat Bismarck 59-38

Hoopeston Sectional Tournament

1st Rd Beat Onarga Military 69-48

Title game lost to Champaign 50-30

1948-49Hoopeston Regional Runner-upCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Armstrong 70-37

Semi-final Beat Rankin 64-34

Title Game lost to Potomac 42-37

1949-50 Milford Regional TournamentCoach’s name & record needed

Semi-final lost toRossville 43-38

Rossville lost title game to Armstrong

1950-51Hoopeston Regional Champions Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Bismarck 59-40

Semi-final Beat Cissna Park 56-35

Title Game Beat Watseka 39-36

Danville Sectional Tournament

Semi-final Beat Champaign 41-39

Title Game lost to Danville 59-51

1951-52 Hoopeston Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Watseka 42-34

Watseka lost to East Lynn in semi-final

East Lynn lost title game to Armstrong

1952-53Watseka Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Rossville 55-51

Semi-final lost toCissna Park 52-41

Cissna Park beat Watseka in title game

1953-54Hoopeston Regional ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

1st RdBeat Bismarck-Henning 52-35

Semi-final Beat East Lynn 56-50

Title Game Beat Watseka 45-40

Champaign Sectional Tournament

Semi-final Beat Champaign 67-65 (O/T)

Title Game lost to Danville 58-47

1954-55Watseka Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Potomac 68-54

Potomac beat Cissna Park in title game

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

1st Rd Beat Bismarck-Henning 45-41

Semi-final lost to Armstrong 41-33

Armstrong lost to Potomac in title game

1956-574 – 20 Watseka Regional TournamentCoach Bill Campbell

1st Rd Beat Rossville 46-42

Semi-final lost to Cissna Park 57-35

Cissna Park beat Watseka in title game

1957-588 – 18 Hoopeston Regional TournamentCoach Bill Campbell

1st Rd lost to Watseka 58-50

Watseka lost to Cissna Park in title game

1958-59Watseka Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Milford 50-49

Semi-final lost toArmstrong

Armstrong lost to Watseka in title game

1959-60 Hoopeston Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Armstrong 57-55

Semi-final lost to Rossville-Alvin 59-47

Rossville-Alvin beat Watseka in title game

1960-61 Watseka Regional Runner-upCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Armstrong 53-46

Semi-final Beat Rossville 50-42

Title Game lost to Sheldon 50-44 (O/T)

1961-62 Hoopeston Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Potomac 61-55

Semi-final lost to Watseka 58-47

Watseka lost to Sheldon in title game

1962-63Watseka Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Armstrong 60-53

Semi-final lost to Cissna Park 51-50

Cissna Park lost to Watseka in title game

1963-64Hoopeston Regional Champions Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Rossville-Alvin 85-41

Semi-final Beat Sheldon 62-47

Title Game Beat Milford 65-47

Champaign Sectional Tournament

Semi-final lost to Arcola 64-39

Arcola beat Champaign in title game

Arcola lost to 3rd Pl Winner Stephen Decatur in Sweet 16 Rd

1964-65Watseka Regional ChampionsCoach’s name & record needed

(early round scores needed)

Title Game Beat Milford 54-50

Urbana Sectional Tournament

Semi-Final Beat Rantoul 54-41

Title Game lost to Danville 73-51

Danville lost in Sweet 16 Rd.

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

1966-67Hoopeston Regional Runner-upCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Bismarck-Henning 61-51

Semi-final Beat Donovan 70-56

Title Game lost to St. Anne 73-54

1967-68Watseka Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Milford 55-41

Semi-final lost to Bismarck-Henning 61-58

Bismarck-Henning beat Rossville-Alvin in title game

1968-69 Rossville Regional Tournament Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Bismarck-Henning 49-36

Bismarck-Henning lost to Rossville-Alvin in title game

1969-70 Hoopeston Regional TournamentCoach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Rossville-Alvin 35-33

Rossville-Alvin lost semi-final to St. Anne

St. Anne beat Bismarck-Henning for title

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

1st Rd lost to Milford 79-57

Milford lost to Cissna Park in semi-final

Cissna Park beat Bismarck-Henning in title game

1971-72 Bismarck Class ‘A’ Regional TourneyCoach Ed Byrd

1st Rd lost to Bismarck-Henning 60-55

Bismarck-Henning lost to Potomac in semi-final

Potomac lost to Schlarman in title game

**Hoopeston consolidated with East Lynn in the summer of 1972 to form the Hoopeston-East Lynn High School District.

Notable Roundball Athletes

Vernon Fink and Don Cade–Helped leadtheCornjerkers on the court during the late 1930s and early 1940s Regional championship teams, eventually garnering All-State honorable mention honors in 1940-41.

Boys Cross Country

The Hoopeston High School harriers won a District title as well.Coach Quentin Ryderstarted the Cross Country program in 1967 at Hoopeston and coached it for 33 years. He held the Illinois State High School Association record for most wins in Cross Country (311-159) from 1967-1999. He now stands at 3rdplace. Coach is tied for 1stplace in most dual meet wins at one school..

1972-73 District Champions Coach Quentin Ryder

Boys Track & Field

A pair of NINTH place finishes in the Class ‘B’ Meet Competition in the early 1920s hi-lited the Hoopeston HS boys track & field successes.In additiona total offouteen medals were won by ten different boys and one Relay team!

1913-14Individual Medalist– Ralph Webber Discus 4TH Place

1915-16BIndividual Medalist– Stanton BoardmanDiscus 3RD Place
1921-22BIndividual Medalists– Frank Foster220 Yard Hurdles 4TH Place

Wallace TylerPole Vault3RD Place

1922-23BIndividual Medalist– Wallace TylerHigh Jump 4TH Place

Pole Vault3RD Place

1923-24BTeam Finished NINTH in STATE MEET Competition!!

Individual Medalists

Lowell HallPole Vault STATE CHAMPION!!

Harold Lucas 440 Yard Dash STATE CHAMPION!!

FinalTeam Standings

1) Girard20

2) Chesterfield16

2) White Hall16

4) Carlinville 15

5) Gridley13

5) Hinsdale (Twp.)13

7) Wheaton (H.S.)12

7) Bridgeport12
9) HOOPESTON HIGH SCHOOL 10

10) Chicago (Pullman Manual)8

10) Abingdon 8

1924-25BTeam Finished NINTHin STATE MEET Competition!!

Individual Medalists

Scott InglePole Vault 2ND Place

RELAY TEAM 880Yard Relay 4TH Place

Harold Lucas440 Yard Dash 5TH Place
Alan MillerShot Put 5TH Place
Edgar Potts100Yard Dash 5TH Place

Final Team Standings

1) Hinsdale (Twp.) 28

2) Carlinville 22½

3) Wenona 11

4) Fisher 10½

5) Carrollton 10

5) Wheaton (H.S.) 10

7) Elmwood 9½

8) Staunton 9

9) HOOPESTON HIGH SCHOOL7½

9) Chandlerville7½

1947-48Individual Medalist–Herbie Neathery880 Yard Run 5TH Place

**Coach Bob Doty, andhis wifeNancyeach worked for27 years at Hoopeston High School, Hoopeston-East Lynn (H-EL), and Hoopeston Area High School from 1967-1994.Hoopeston Area High Schoolhas electedCoach BobDotyinto itsAthletic Hall of Fame for his track and football coaching.Coach Doty is a former State of Illinois champion in the 100 yd. dash & silver medalist in the 200 yd. dash – 1959 St. Elmo Illinois High School. He came to Hoopeston to assist the sprinters under head coachDick Hobbs.Coach Dotyretired from Hoopeston after 27 years; became the head men’s and women’s track and cross-country coach at Murray State University in Murray, KY, where he and his wife continue to live.Coach Doty’sdaughter,Jill Doty, also won the State of Illinois 100 m. dash and 2nd in the 200 m. dash whilecompeting forHoopeston-East Lynn High Schoolin the spring of 1987.

Wrestling

Hoopeston High’s grapplers won a District title in the school’s final year of exstence.

1971-72 17 – 1 Coach Jim Richards

1972-73 14 – 4 District Champions Coach Jim Richards

Football

The boys competed in football eachFall as well.Dean Bentleylocated the following season records and coaches’ names listed below. If you have any other information regarding the Bison football program contact us via e-mail.

1925-26 6 – 2Coach Brasel

1956-576 – 2Coach Robert Sanders

1957-58 4 – 4Coach Robert Sanders

1971-728 – 0Coach Anthony Velasco

Drama

The Drama team also had a great year of IHSA success.In team competition the Hoopeston thespians won a sectional and qualified for the State Competition!

1942-43 Team Qualified for State Competition

Sectional Champions

Speech Sweepstakes

The Speech Sweepstakes competition saw Hoopeston High School win back to back Sectional titles. There must be a good coach/teacher story there waiting to be told. Three Individual Medalists came from Hoopeston High School as well.

1943-44Sectional Champions

Individual Medalist

Martha HolmesVerse 5TH Place

1944-45 Sectional Champions

Individual Medalist

John LeemanExtemporary5TH Place

1945-46Individual Medalist

Bob Calvin Serious 3RD Place

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