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1963-64 Centralia High School Basketball Team
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2003 Team Award Winner

First Row:  Dick Garrett, Merritt Pulley, Cliff Berger, David Rapp, Melvin Stalls, Coach Bob Jones  Second Row:  Harvey Hughes, Richard Zgol, Carl Martin, Phillip Offut, Derry Booth

With All-American Cliff Berger leading the way with 796 points, the Orphans of 1964 won 28 games while losing only two. The only loss during the season was to Belleville in the quarterfinals of the Holiday Tourney, 46-51. 

They avenged that defeat later at Belleville 47-44. Come playoff time, the Orphans hooked up with undefeated Collinsville in another classic Super Sectional battle between the two teams.  This time, Centralia prevailed 55-50. At Champaign in the State Quarterfinals, the Orphans fell to Rock Island (Alleman) 56-57 in double overtime. 

The local opinion at the time was that the Northern Illinois style of officiating had plenty to do with the outcome of the game. For the season, the team outscored their opponents by an average of twenty-two points per game.

Coach - Bob Jones, Assistant Coach - Jerry Wilson

Team Members: Cliff Berger, Merritt Pulley, Dave Rapp, Mel Stalls, Dick Garrett, Phil Offutt, Curt Bryant, Derry Booth, Karl Martin, Harvey Hughes, Rich Zgol 

Managers: Larry Cleveland, Richard Snider



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