The Tonica High School Warriors were very competitve on many different levels in athletics as a member of the Tri-County
Conference. The school won IHSA hardware (www.ihsa.org
) in the boys sports of basketball, cross country, and track & field. The Lady Warriors won a District title in volleyball,
however, there is no other mention of their other successful seasons. The girls also competed in basketball and
track & field. The best of the THS seasons are listed below.
The Tonica boys' basketball program won one Regional and seven District Titles. Unfortunately, the coach's names
and team records for these and other great teams in Tonica HS history are not available. Five teams made it to the title
game of the prestigious Tri-County Conference Tournament. The 1954-55 boys faired the best, winning their District
and Regional titles before falling in the Sectional. This placed Tonica in the top 64 teams in the state for that year.
1926-27 Tri-County Tourney Runner-Ups
1934-35 Tri-County Tourney Runner-Ups
1954-55 District / Regional Champions
One of Top 64 Teams in the State
Tri-County Tourney Runner-Ups
1955-56 District Champions
1956-57 Tri-County Tourney Runner-Ups
1957-58 District Champions
1960-61 District Champions
1966-67 DIstrict Champions
1967-68 District Champions
1970-71 District Champions
Along with Herbert Hungerford, another great coach, Ron Oloffson, started his coaching career at
Tonica and went onto have a career coaching record of over 300 wins. One of the best players to grace the hardwood of
Tonica was Jon Janz. His 50 points in a January 19, 1971 game against Sparland is a school record.
The Girls Volleyball team of 1980-81 won the only girl's IHSA hardware as District Champions. The record and
coach's name of this team, and other teams in Lady Warrior history, are not available.
1980-81 District Champions
Boys Cross Country
The boys Cross Country team of 1979-80 also brought home a District title plaque. Led by long-distance standout
Mike Clark, the boys made a run at the state meet but failed to place. Mike Clark placed in
the top 25 individually during consecutive years. Mike's accomplishment as well as the team's are listed below:
1978-79 Mike Clark
1979-80 Team Won the District Championship Coach Alex Clark
Mike Clark 19th Place
Mike Clark did not rest on his laurels earned in cross country. He carried his distance ability
over into the track season as well. The Wildcat thinclad brought home two medals from state meet competition. This
included a Gold Medal in the 880 yard run in the 1980-81 season.
The track at Tonica High School was 330 yards long instead of the norm of 440 yards. This fact makes Mike's
accomplishment even more incredible. Mike was coached by his father, Coach
Alex Clark, who also coached nearly every other sport at the school. Mike Clark's great
feats (feets?) are listed below.
1978-79 Mike Clark 880 Yard Run
1980-81 Mike Clark 880 Yard Run
Noteable Alumni / People
*Mike Clark (Class of 1981) - After his gold medal performance in the state track meet Mike went on
to star at Illinois State University in the same sport. He now serves as Assistant Principal at Normal Community High
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