We know that basketball was a sport offered at West Brooklyn High. It is likely that baseball and track were also part
of the athletic program. If you have any further information such as team nickname, uniform colors, and school fight song,
please contact us via the means listed at the bottom of this page.
West Brooklyn High School did compete in boys' basketball. In 1932, they even finished second in the District
Tournament to advance to the Dixon Sectional (which was allowed due to the format used in the state basketball tournament
at that time).
During the 1945-46 school year, WBHS was 14-3 and 7-1 in Meridian Conference play as they won the conference title.
Twelve of those wins were in succession over teams such as Compton
, Caledonia, Cherry Valley, Harmon
, the Mendota freshmen, Poplar Grove
, and Lee Center
, before the streak was ended by Steward in the semifinals of the Franklin Grove
District tournament. What makes this fact interesting is that the school did not have enough boys two years earlier
to even field a team! Captain John Gehant led the West Brooklyn team in scoring during the two seasons listed below,
pumping in 266 points in 1945-46, including a school-record 44 in one game.
1931-32 District runners-up
1933-34 Sterling District Tournament
Coach's name & record needed
1st Rd. - Lost to Lyndon 42-19
1934-35 through 1943-44 Postseason scores, records, & coach's names needed.
1944-45 0-11 Franklin Grove District Tourney
Coach H.W. Loy
1st Rd. - Lost to Lee Center 66-18
Lee Center lost in semi-finals
1945-46 14- 3 Meridian Conference Champions Coach
Franklin Grove District Tourney
1st Rd. - Beat Lee Center 30-26
Semi-Final - Lost to Steward 51-16
Steward won District title.
1946-47 Franklin Grove
District Tourney Coach's name & record needed
1st Rd. - Beat Compton 50-23
**Semi-final - Lost to Lee Center (forfeit)
Lee Center won District title.
**Last game ever played by West Brooklyn High School was a win against Compton.
West Brooklyn played its home games in the church hall at St. Mary's Parish in the village. There were two distinct features
about the facility. The first was it had a low ceiling, so arching shots were out. The second is that the baselines of the
floor were nearly up against the walls, leaving very little room for those who were trying to inbound
We are aware that there was a school band and choir. Please contact us via e-mail if you have any further information
you would like to share.
Seeking More Information
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take the time to share it with us. Photos and information can be e-mailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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