1947 4 - 2 Coach
1948 4 - 2 Coach
1949 4 - 2 Coach
No state hardware, but a very competitive group nonetheless. The Anchor kids proved they were loyal to Anchor High,
sending the school out on a good note.
1949 Tri-Valley Conference Champions
Coach Paul Orr
According to newpaper articles and historical accounts of Anchor High School, the Anchor Aces harriers were truly running
among the big boys. The first state cross country meet was held in 1946 and the Anchor boys were smokin'. The
team finished in 5th Place overall in spite of an entire high school enrollment of 42 students! The Aces duplicated their
5th Place finish in 1948. The Anchor boys of 1949 proved their incredible versatility by finishing an incredible 9th
at the state meet. The Aces were led by their multi-talented, multi-tasked coach, Paul Orr. The Aces had
a great rivalry with their neighbor Cooksville, who also placed at the state meet in two of the mentioned years
Small Town Pride Lives On
The pride of the Anchor High School Aces still lives strong in town today. Some of the Anchor High School athletes have
stayed in Anchor their entire lives. Chet Eyer, member of the '45 baseball champs as well as a member of
the '46, '47, and '48 basketball champs, still resides in Anchor. Two of Chet's starting teammates of the '47
and '48 basketball champs, Donald "Diz" Bielfeldt and Eugene Reicks, are also life-long
residents of Anchor. A fourth starter, Erwin Epperson, resides in nearby Leroy while the fifth starter,
Donald Simpson, lives in Wisconsin.
"What a great website!! Brought back many memories of Anchor HS (and grade school) Many excellent teachers (remembering
Paul Orr-coach, science, biology, ag, and about all others). Keep up the good work. Thanks!"
Special Thank You
Special thanks go out to Chet and Gladys Eyer, who opened their doors, personal scrapbooks, and hearts
regarding their beloved Anchor High School to our own Kev Varney. Check out Chet
in the photos above. Chet Eyer is #33 in the 1945-46 team photo and #37 in the 1946-47 and 1947-48
team photos! Chet is also in the photos of the baseball team below (middle row, 3rd from the left) and 1944-45 basketball
team shown below (back row, 2nd from the left).
Need Your Help to Take Anchor Away...
...to memory lane. The hard work and dedication of the Anchor forefathers should forever be remembered. If
you can share any information about the Anchor High School accomplishments you can e-mail them us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also write to us at:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva
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