1971-72 (Dolton) Thornridge High School Boys’ Team

Year Inducted: 1973

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: (Dolton) Thornridge High School

Biography: The 1971-72 (Dolton) Thornridge Falcons, undefeated at 33-0, are considered by many long-time viewers of the state series as the best team of all time.  This season came in the midst of the state record of 54 consecutive victories.  The Falcons averaged 87.5 PPG against a defense that allowed only 55.5 PPG, for an average margin of victory of 32 PPG; their closest game was a 14-point spread.  They were the only team in Illinois history to be a unanimous #1 in both the AP and UPI polls for the entire year.  They were acclaimed as the top team in the nation for 1972.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back row (L to R):Dean Reszel, Joe King, Bill Redman, Ken Kremer, Keith Hutchinson, Bill Gatlin, Fred Knutsen, Dave Anderson, Asst. Coach Dave Lezeau

Front Row (L to R): Gary Fersuson, Athletic Director  F.E. Froschauer, Mike Bonczyk, Quinn Buckner, Boyd Batts, Greg Rose, Ernie Dunn, Coach Ron Ferguson, Brad Ferguson