ECHS also offered track, but there is a need to find out about the school's success on the cinder
track. We are interested in an Eagle supporter that may know about the success of Ellsworth oval thinclads.
The village also boasted its own amateur basketball team, the Ellsworth Clippers, from 1914-1944.
In the beginning, most of the players came from Ellsworth, such as center-manager Wayne Van Gundy, Fred Bartsch, Lester
Boaz, Claire Virgil, Denzal Burgess, Eddie Barnes, and Harold Bane. In later years, players from Bloomington-Normal
that attended Illinois State Normal and Illinois Wesleyan such as Joe Baker and Russell Shirk
from IWU and Dick Kavanaugh of ISNU would be its stars.
In any season, the Clippers never lost more than six games, as they won four sectionals and taking
one second and a third at the state tournament. The final year was special, finishing second in the 1944 state tournament
to Scott Field outside of East St. Louis by a point. All told, in the neighborhood of 100 players suited up in the orange
and green of the Ellsworth Clippers.
Loren Laub---78-40 in five years of basketball before moving on to Colfax Octavia
Tom Heggerty--49-29 in only three basketball seasons
Special Thank You
Special thanks go out to Ellsworth grad Don Evans (class of 1950), along with Terri
Bowlin and Paul Colba at Tri-Valley High School in Downs for sharing some of the information used
in putting this page together.
We would like to find out more….
...about the history of Ellsworth Community
High School and the village in general. If you have more information and photos you'd like to send us, please email them to
us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to us thru traditional mail to the following address. We would like find out more about some of the successful
teams and individuals that wore the purple and gold of the Eagles.
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 North Neva
Chicago, IL 60631