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1961-62 Centralia High School Basketball Team
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1995 Team Award Winner


First Row: Assistant Coach Jerry Wilson, Herb Williams, Ron Johnson, Don Duncan, Melvin Blackwell, Wendell Meeks, Head Coach Bill Davies.  
Middle Row: Manager Don Demijan, Carl "Skip" Heinrichsmeyer, Wayne Knicker,
Cliff Berger, Rich Zgol, Steve Cook, and Manager Bob Tyler.
Back Row: Principal Bert Ebbs, Athletic Director Jimmie Evers, Superintendent Eugene McClintock, Assistant Coach Paul Beaty and Business Manager Dewey Kessler.

With only one starter returning from the previous season, the 1961-62 CHS basketball program was definitely in a rebuilding year. Things started slowly with losses to Mt. Vernon and eventual state champ Stephen Decatur. However, the Orphans went on to win the Centralia Holiday Tourney for a second consecutive year, and took the Salem Invitational Tourney for the second of what would be five consecutive titles.

The Orphans was ranked #1 in the state as they duplicated the 29 straight wins of the 1960-61 team before falling to Chicago Carver in the state quarterfinals.

Two team members, Don Duncan and Herb Williams, were each named All-State.

COACH: Bill Davies  ASST. COACHES: Jerry Wilson, Paul Beaty.



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