The Shabbona Indians recaptured the Little Ten Conference Tournament in 1962, a year after falling to Serena on the
Huskers home floor in the title game which snapped a four year (1957-1960) winning streak.The Indians entered the tournament as the top seed and 4-0 in league play, while Plano, the tournament host was
the No. 2 seed. The Reapers were looking to earn their first title since they were back-to-back champions in 1946 and 1947,
while the Huskers, who were the third seed, hoped to defend their title.The
Indians cruised through their three games first defeating Hinckley-Big Rock 72-46. They then gained
some retribution by running past Serena 90-71 in the semi-finals, before triumphing over Plano
73-57 to raise the golden basketball.
SANDWICH 52, SOMONAUK 42
The Indians were led by the sharp shooting
of Dave Curran and Harold Dannewitz as Sandwich led all the way in a 52-42 win against Somonauk, who finished just 1-8
in league play.Sandwich led 13-8 after the first eight
minutes and expanded their lead to 27-19 at the break.After three periods the
Sandwich advantage was 39-29 and the clubs played an even fourth frame as each scored 13 points.Curran scored 17 points to pace the Indians, while Dannewitz chipped in with 14.The Bobcats’ Mike Bohlinger led all scores with 20 points on eight field goals
and four free throws.
Sandwich13141213 - 52
Somonauk8111013 - 42
Total fouls - Sandwich 15,
EARLVILLE 66, PAW PAW 32
The Red Raiders, who entered the tournament
3-2 in loop play jumped out to a 14-9 first quarter lead to jump start a 66-32 win over Paw Paw.Earlville then put the game away as they out-scored Paw Paw 22-3 in the second period to enter halftime
up 36-12.The Bulldogs, who ended league play without a victory, were unable
to recover from the Red Raiders second quarter blitz as they trailed by 31 (52-21) entering the final period.Mike Schmitz led Earlville with 18 points.He was the only
player to score in double fihures in the game.Del McCord’s eight points
were high for Paw Paw and Dick Jones added seven.
B. Myers204D. Jones317
Earlville14221614 - 66
Paw Paw93911 - 32
Total fouls - Earlville 15, Paw Paw 18.
SHABBONA 72, HINCKLY-BIG ROCK 46
Shabbona’s Ron Johnson, who ends the
season the conference’s scoring leader (18.6 ppg), scores 31 points as the tournament favorite Indians roll past Hinckley-Big
Rock 72-46.Johnson scored eight points in the first period as the Indians stormed
out to a 14-6 lead.The on going defensive pressure helped head coach Ernest
Oest’s Indians take a 36-14 advantage heading to intermission.The lead
grew to periods before the Royals outscored the Indians in the fourth 17-15.Joe Meserole and Ron Merriman each added 10 points for the winners, while Monte Eberly
and Paul Linden each led H-BR with 13 markers.
Shabbona14222115 - 72
Hinckley-Big Rock681517 - 46
Total fouls - Shabbona 20, H-BR 14.Fouled out- Sprinkle.
PLANO 73, LELAND 53
The second seeded Plano crew used a huge second half to eliminate Leland 73-53.The Reapers,
who put four players in double figures led 12-11 after one period and held a slim 25-21 advantage at halftime.In the third period, Plano out-scored the Panthers 26-20, increasing their lead to 51-41.The Reapers claimed a 22-12 fourth quarter to seal the 20-point victory.Bill Heller topped Plano with 23 points, while Dick Dennis followed closely behind with 22.LTC second-leading scorer sophomore Norm Hage (17.4 ppg) added 13 and Danny Keltner
chipped in with 10.Bill Laugaland tied Heller for game-high honors with 23 for
Plano12132622 - 73
Leland11102012 - 53
Total fouls - Plano 14, Leland 13.Fouled out - Laugaland.
SERENA 67, SANDWICH 51
The defending champion Huskers got off to a fast start and never looked back
on the way in rolling to a 67-51 win over Sandwich.Serena streaked out to a
10-1 lead four minutes into the game and led 20-8 after the first quarter.The
Huskers halftime lead was 32-23, they then pulled away by out-scoring the Indians 35-28 in the second half.Serena’s Dan Johnson poured in 24 points to pace four Huskers in double figures, while, Tom Olson
added 15, Gary Christopherson 14 and Gary Pritchert 12.Terry Fritsch topped
Sandwich with 15 on seven baskets and a free throw.
Serena20121619 - 67
Sandwich8151315 - 51
Total fouls - Serena 19, Sandwich 10.Fouled out - Do. Johnson, Olson.
EARLVILLE 43, WATERMAN 42
Earlville pulled off a mild upset by holding
off a late Waterman charge to advance to the semi-finals with a 43-42 triumph.The
Red Raiders led 12-7 after one period and 23-16 at halftime.The Wolverines cut
the lead to four (31-27) entering the final quarter, but fell behind by nine late in the fourth frame.Implementing a furious press, Waterman was able to cut the disadvantage to 42-40 with under a minute to
go.Earlville’s Tom Myers swished a free throw with :18 on the clock, then
Waterman’s Veryl Rueff tried to tie the contest by scoring a lay up while trying to draw a foul, but Earlville played
it safe ending the Wolverines comeback hopes.Roger Keller paced Earlville with
11 points; Mike Schmitz added 10 and Jim Seaton nine.Waterman leading scorer
Byron Rueff led his club with a game-high 15 in a losing effort.
B. Myers044V. Rueff157
Earlville1211812 - 43
Waterman791115 - 42
Total fouls - Earlville 17, Waterman 14.Fouled out - Schmitz.
SHABBONA 90, SERENA 71
The top-seeded Indians scored early and often
against the Huskers, who had defeated them a year earlier in the title game, ending a four year run.Shabbona cruised to a 26-15 lead after the opening quarter and expanded the advantage to 54-38 at halftime.The Huskers tried to press in a attempt to climb back into the contest, however they
found little success in slowing down the Indians.High-scoring Ron Johnson led
the Indians with 26 points, while Jim Krahenbuhl added 23 qnd Joe Meserole 19.Serena
was led by Dan Johnson, Gary Christopherson and Tom Olson who had 19, 17, and 16 points respectfully.
Shabbona26281818 - 90
Serena15231914 - 71
Total fouls - Shabbona 19, Serena 13.
PLANO 64, EARLVILLE 62 (OT)
Norm Hage converted a pair of free throws with
15 seconds left in overtime helped the Reapers defeat Earlville 64-62 to advance the title game.Plano jumped out to a 22-14 lead after one quarter and the Red Raiders cut the
lead to seven (34-27) at halftime.Out of the mid-game break Earlville stormed
back to take a 48-45 lead heading to the fourth period.The Reapers rebounded
to tie the score at 55-all just before the final horn on a Steve Foli charity toss to send the game to overtime.After the team exchanged a pair of baskets, Plano’s Bill Heller
sank a free throw and Stephens hit a basket to give the Reapers a 62-58 advantage.With
20 seconds remaining, Red Raider Roger Keller swished two free throws to make it 62-60, but Hage’s free throws sewed
up the contest.Dick Dennis led all scorers in the game with 21 points, while
Heller added 20.Top scorers for Earlville were Mike Schmitz and Bill Myers with
18 points each.
Plano221211109 - 64
Earlivlle14132177 - 62
Total fouls - Plano 17, Earlville 18.Fouled out - Keltner, Seaton, Schmitz.
THIRD PLACE GAME:
SERENA 70, EARLVILLE 57
The Huskers rolled to a 18-8 lead after eight
minutes and increased their lead throughout their 70-57 victory over Earlville in the battle for third place.Serena, who put three players in double figures, held a 15 point (35-20) advantage at half time.The Serena led was periods before the Red
Raiders out-scored the Huskers 22-18 in the fourth.Junior Gary Christopherson
led Serena with 19 markers; Gary Pritchert added 19 and Dan Johnson 12.Johnson
was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 55 points in the tournament for an 18.4 average.Earlville’s Mike Schmitz, who was named to the five-player All-Tournament, rolled up the high for
the tournament and the game by netting 32 points.Schmitz was the second leading
scorer in the tournament with 76 points for a 19.0 average.
Serena18171718 - 70
Earlville8121522 - 57
Total fouls - Serena 19, Earlville 18.Fouled out- Olson.
SHABBONA 73, PLANO 57
The Shabbona Indians used a decisive rebounding
advantage along with tight defense in winning the Little Ten Conference Tournament championship with a 73-57 victory over
the tournament host Plano Reapers.The Indians used a press that gave the Reapers
fits, especially early on and held a 41-26 edge on the boards, with Joe Meserole, who was named to the All-Tournament team,
grabbing 14 rebounds.Shabbona, who didn’t give Plano (37 percent shooting) many good looks inside 15-feet throughout the contest, led after the opening quarter
21-15 and 37-32 at half time.Plano was able to cut the Shabbona lead to three
on a couple of occasions in the third frame before All-Tournament selection Ron Johnson led an assault that push the lead
to a 13 point bulge which Plano never recovered from.The Indians, who shot 43
percent from the field in the game, had as much as a 16 lead in the fourth period as four Shabbona players overcame foul trouble.Ron Johnson led all scorers in the game and in the tournament with 24 points and 81
for the tourney.Jim Krahenbuhl had 19 markers, while Meserole added 17.The Reapers were paced by 5-foot-8, All-Tournament guard Bill Heller who poured in
22 points.Dick Dennis chipped in 13, while sophomores Norm Hage and Danny Keltner
had 11 each.
Shabbona21161620 - 73
Plano1517817 - 57
Total fouls - Shabbona 18, Plano 14.
Final Regular Season Conference Standings
Shabbona defeated Plano 75-52 early in the league season in a game that Ron Johnson exploded for 39 points.The Indians were able to capture the regular season championship with a perfect record, to go along with
their tournament championship.
Little Ten Champion Shabbona and runner-up
Plano dominated the coaches’ voting for the Little Ten all-conference team,
each landing two players on the first team.