1965-66 24- 2 District Champions Coach
1966-67 22- 5 District Champions Coach
1970-71 14-11 District Champions Coach
1976-77 17- 8 (good record) Coach
1884-85 16- 9 (last season) Coach
A note of interest about the 1913-14 team: there were six players out a total of nine male students in the school that
year. All five starters played every minute of each game and never fouled out. They included: Lindon Smith, Marion
Troster, Orville Wheat, Joe Ward, and Jesse Ward. The Ward brothers were African-Americans as Joe
went on to play at Illinois State Normal University, while Smith and Troster were cousins. Both of the teams' losses came
Boys' Track & Field
One athlete brought home a state championship and two others brought home runner-up finishes from the State Track Meet. Their
successes are listed below.
1911-12 Oliver Troster Pole Vault
1st Place - State Champion
1913-14 Marion Troster Discus
Pole Vault 3rd Place
1924-25 Lyle Williams 50 Yard Dash
1925-26 Lyle Williams 50 Yard Dash 2nd
Baseball was also offered at BHS, as early as the early 1900's and all the way thru to at least 1963, according a
"Dragon" yearbook owned by Nancy Campbell. In fact, Dan Basham tells us the Dragons
competed in baseball through 1985, the year in which the school closed.
The Dragons were McLean County Champions in the fall of 1941, while backing it
up with a runner-up finish to Danvers in 1942.
Wapella High School grads Tim Ryan (1979) and Matt Powers (1985) add this tidbit of information about
the home field of the Bellflower "Dragons":
"Bellflower had baseball at least through 1985. There was a large tree in left center field that had its own set of "dubious" ground rules.
field was near a building that celebrated the bicentennial that we would frequent during a rain delay. I (Matt) do know
that that tillable acreage was nearby as I recall sucking up some corn/soybean dust during a game and harvest combo special
in fall baseball.
Never an easy 'V' at Bellflower
in any sport. I’m (Matt) still a little sore about Bellflower beating us twice in basketball!"
If you have any information regarding the Bellflower High School baseball program, please drop us a line.
One name is synonimous with boys' basketball in Bellflower. That name is Coach Don Harden, who
coached at Bellflower High School an incredible 26 years from 1959 until the school closed in 1985. Coach Harden
compiled 318 wins during his tenure. Harden went on to coach 5 more seasons at Blue Ridge HS gaining another 55
wins. Coach Harden's win total of 373 ranks 170th all-time in Illinois High School history.