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The State's Top Ranked Somonuak Club Makes it Back-to-Back LTC Tournament Championships

Bobcats enter Tournament ranked number one team in state of Illlinois.

 

 

Somonauk and head coach Bill Randles entered the tournament with 16 consecutive victories and were voted the number one team in the “Fifteen Outstanding Illinois High School Basketball Teams” according to the United Press.

Somonauk defeated Hinckley (28-13) and Shabbona (36-24) to reach the title game in which they were victorious over Leland 45-29.

Leland beat Waterman, Plano and Serena to earn the right to play Somonauk. Serena was a 37-17 winner over Shabbona in the third place game.

Day One

Leland 39, Waterman 19

Earlville 45, Rollo 24

Shabbona 34, Paw Paw 12

Day Two

Shabbona 53, Sandwich 23

Somonauk 28, Hinckley 13

Day Three

Leland 39, Plano 19

Serena 57, Earlville 19

Day Four

Leland 32, Serena 28

Somonauk 36, Shabbona 24

Day Five

Serena 37, Shabbona 17 (Third Place Game)

Somonauk 45, Leland 29 (Championship Game)

 

1943 Final Little Ten Conference Standings

             W  L

Somonauk    10  0

Serena       9  1

Shabbona     7  3

Hinckley     6  4

Leland       6  4

Waterman     4  6

Earlville    4  6

Plano        4  6

Sandwich     3  7

Paw Paw      2  8

Rollo        0 10

Two weeks after the tournament, Somonauk traveled to Paris to take on the powerful Tigers who were coached by Ernire Eveland.  Eveland was the coach at Waterman when Somonuak head coach Bill Randles was a player.  In a teacher/pupil matchup of coaches, Paris and Eveland ran past Somonuak and Randles 71-57.