1991-92 Findlay High School Boys’ Team

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: Findlay High School

Biography: With only 96 students, Findlay became the smallest school to win an Illinois state basketball title as it finished 31-2 and claimed the 1991-92 Class A crown (Hebron’s 1952 single-class champions had 98 students). The ninth-ranked team in the final AP poll finally broke through to Champaign after super-sectional losses the previous two years and then wiped out a 14-point third-quarter deficit against Elgin St. Edward to win the quarterfinal 74-60. They beat Benton 83-74 in the semifinals and pulled away to a 61-45 win over Normal University High as 6-8 all-stater and all-tournament selection Clayton Stivers had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Eric Smith and Jim Allen added 16 points apiece. Smith and Stivers averaged 19.5 and 18.8 points respectively in the tournament.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Gilbert Uphoff, Ron Hash, Dave Heinz, Head Coach Mike Reynolds, Jeremy Chaney, Tyler Bradford, Greg Mitchell, Joey Howell, Dustin Cruit, Assistant Coach Brett Chaney, John Knierim and Larry Bradford.

Middle row (L to R): Jon Cruit, Michael Beem, Jason Tucker, Eric Smith, Clayton Stivers, Tony Sparks and Cameron Lawrence.

Front Row (L to R):   Cheerleaders Sarah Beem, Decka Carroll Beem, Shanna Beuchle, Marcia McClain, Stephanie Lebo, Chastity Rodman, Tanya Park, Chastity McLain, Ranya Aper and Christy Cloyd.