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1954-55 Centralia Junior College Basketball Team
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2005 Team Award Winner


Chuck Mundellís first team at Centralia Junior College (now Kaskaskia College) was one of his finest in his 29 seasons as basketball coach.  With a record of 20-5, they were Central Illinois Conference Champions, and they beat teams such as Harris Teachers College in St. Louis, Vincennes, McKendree, St. Louis University Freshman, and S.I.U.-JV.

Ranked in the top ten in the nation, they were the eighth highest scoring team in the country, averaging 91 points per game.  Robert Welch averaged 25 rebounds per game.  In the NJCAA Region II tourney in Hannibal, Missouri, the Blue Devils met Hannibal-LaGrange in the championship game. They took a very tough loss as they fell 76-77. Hannibal went on to place second in the nation falling by one point in the national championship game.  

George Marcum and Welch received first team All-Tourney honors (Reg. II), and Welch was given the sportsmanship award.  Marcum received NJCAA All-American honors as he was the second leading scorer in the nation averaging 30 points per game.

The team was inducted into the Kaskaskia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

COACH - Chuck Mundell

TEAM MEMBERS - George Marcum, Robert Welch, Fred Kelly, Fred Johnson, John Dodillet, A..T. McCrary, Sam Wright, John Bertges, Jon Bechtold, Keith Kirkland, Jerald Christian, Truman Bromley, Dick Jones.

MANAGERS - Jerry Morgan and Earl Whitelow.



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