The extensive records kept on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org
) regarding Sheldon High School Rams boys basketball tell the whole story. Beginning with the 1925-26 school year
when the Sheldon lads were led by Coach Arther "Red" Daugherty
, every season is covered through the 2000-01
And what incredible stories and great successes there are to tell !! How about this for a small town's excellence
in one sport:
17 - 20+ win seasons
1 - 35 win season
12 - District Titles
4 - Regional Titles
1 - Coach with 200 + wins
1 - Coach with 300 + wins
The best of the Sheldon Rams' seasons are listed below. There have to be some great personal stories of the many
great teams of Sheldon's past. One article I have read regarding the Sheldon basketball team of of 1941-42
called it one of the most talked about small school teams in the state as they entered the state playoffs with 30 wins.
This team went on to win the District and Regional titles enroute to a 35 - 2 overall record! Even
yet, there were 39 total students at Sheldon High at that time! One of the basketball players, forward
Elmore Clawson, was named to the All-State 3rd team.
When you look at the records of the great Sheldon teams below, notice how there was not just one major "spurt" of success. Success
at Sheldon High School was achieved in many different decades, a sign that the town truly backed and supported their teams.
L.E. Galitz & Kenneth Stephens
1935-36 18 - 10 (good record)
1936-37 20 - 8 (good record)
1937-38 25 - 5 (GREAT RECORD) Kenneth
1938-39 18 - 6 (good record) Kenneth
1939-40 16 - 6 District Champions Kenneth
1940-41 27 - 9 District / Regional Champions
1941-42 35 - 2 District / Regional Champions
1942-43 13 - 8 (good record)
1943-44 19 - 9 District Champions Kenneth
1944-45 20 - 5 (good record)
1945-46 24 - 6 District Champions Kenneth
1946-47 18 - 9 District Champions
1947-48 13 - 13 Kenneth
1948-49 25 - 3 (GREAT RECORD)
1949-50 21 - 8 District Champions
1950-51 25 - 3 (GREAT RECORD)
1951-52 19 - 7 (good record)
1953-54 16 - 8 (good record)
1956-57 16 - 7 (good record) Larry
1957-58 18 - 8 (good record)
1959-60 28 - 2 District Champions Larry
1960-61 29 - 3 District / Regional Champions
1961-62 24 - 4 Regional Champions
1963-64 22 - 7 District Champions Larry
1964-65 22 - 5 District Champions
1967-68 18 - 9 (good record)
1969-70 16 - 11 District Champions Howard
1970-71 20 - 8 (good record)
1977-78 18 - 8 (good record)
1978-79 26 - 2 (GREAT RECORD)
1979-80 21 - 4 (Great Record)
1980-81 14 - 9 (good record)
1982-83 13 - 9 (good record)
1991-92 17 - 9 (good record) Guy
Last season listed
Incredibly Great History!!!
Sheldon Player Ken Laffoon:
Brenda Stewart tells us the folloiwing about former Sheldon All-Star Ken Laffoon:
"Ken Laffoon, a graduate of Sheldon High School "79" has led Danville Iowa Bears to two State Class
2A Basketball Championships (2000-01and 2001-02) and a State Class 1A Runnerup in 2010-11."
Though not as long, the girls also recorded a measure of success in basketball. Team records and coach's names
are not available. The Lady Rams basketball team of 1980-81 brought home an IHSA Regional title! The
girls were also the first Iroquois County tournament champs ion their sport. We are seeking in-put on other
great seasons as well.
1975-76 Iroquois County Tournament Champions
1980-81 Regional Champions
Boys Track & Field
One male athlete won a medal at the State Track Meet. His accomplishment is listed below.
1953-54 Charles Darrough 100 Yard Dash
It is known that Sheldon had a baseball program during it's existance. Towards the later years of the school, Sheldon
was involved in a co-op with nearby Watseka High School. One of the great pitchers from Sheldon was Josh Harris. In 2000,
Harris threw two no-hitters for the co-op. We are sure there were many other great baseball players, and other athletes, to
walk the halls of Sheldon High.
As you can see by viewing the basketball success above, two coaches in Sheldon High School history really stick out.
Their accomplishments are listed below.
Coach Kenneth Stephens:
337 - 110 Overall in 17 seasons (one season record not listed)
7 - District Championships
2 - Regional Championships
1 - 35 win season (1941-42 - 35 - 2)
9 - 20 win seasons
Winning Seasons - never more than 9 losses
JOB COACH STEPHENS!
Coach Larry Seig:
219 - 96 Overall - 12 seasons
4 - District Championships
2 - Regional Championships
5 - 20+ win seasons
81 - 9 in these three consecutive seasons!!
From Dr. Rodney Merkle:
"Some of the top Basketball Players on the 1977-78 and 1978-1979 squads included John Gooding, Rich Gross, and
Ken Laffoon. The 1978-79 team that was 26-2 lost both games to Watseka. Once during the Iroquois
County Tournament championship game and also in the Regional championship game. Ironically the same
player, Kenton Carley hit the winning shot in both games. The 1979-1980 team was lead by Rich
Gross. The team captured three straight Iroquois Conference Championships 1977-78, 1978-79, and 1979-80. They
were an excellent team that played the game the right way. Today, Ken Laffoon has done an outstanding
job coaching the Danville (Iowa) Bears to two state basketball titles in class 2A earlier in this decade.
Asking For Your Help
If you have ANY more information regarding the great successes attained at Sheldon High School we are hopeful you will
share them with us. If the above photo is not the former Sheldon HS building or if you have a better photo to offer we
would welcome and add it to the site. Team photos and personal stories are also welcome. You can e-mail photos and information
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