The ladies of Onarga High School won a Regional title of their own in their very short history. The
girls of the 1976-77 season pulled off this feat in the original one-class system. Unfortunately, the team
record is not available.
1976-77 Regional Champions
Coach Vicki Killus
Boys' Track & Field
The Onarga thinclads had some great success in the early 1920s. One athlete, E. Morgan,
led the team of 1921-22 to an eighth place finish in the 1922 'B' Track meet. Two boys of the 1932 team, Charters
and Kanosky, also medaled in the one-class system. The medals earned and final team standings of
the 1922 meet are listed below.
1921-22B Team Finished EIGHTH in STATE 'B' Track Meet
50 Yard Dash 2ND Place
Yard Dash 2ND Place
Final Team Standings - 1922B Meet
2.) Elmwood HS
3.) Greenfield HS
5.) Wheaton HS
Carlinville HS 8
8.) ONARGA HIGH SCHOOL 6
Berwyn-Cicero (Morton) HS 6
8.) Illiopolis HS
1931-32 Individual Medalists
Charters Javelin 2ND
?? Kanosky High
Onarga had a remarkable run in the late 1950's. They won 29 consecutive
Vermillion Valley conference games in a row between 1953 and 1958. They also notched 3 consecutive overall undefeated
seasons with 21 overall wins in a row. Thanks to Tom Sikorski for this information.
1951 4-3-1 3rd Place Vermillion Valley Conf.
1954 7-1 Vermillion
Valley Conf. Champs Coach Ray Hosington
1955 7-0-1 Vermillion Valley Conf. Champs
Coach Elmer "Cab" Calloway
1956 9-0 Vermillion Valley Conf.
Champs Coach Elmer "Cab" Calloway
1957 8-0 Vermillion Valley
Conf. Champs Coach Elmer "Cab" Calloway
1963 9-0 Vermillion Valley Conf.
Champs Coach Mel Huffman
1964 5-3 3rd place Vermillion Valley
Conf. Coach Mel Huffman
1965 8-0 Vermillion Valley Conf.
Co-Champs Coach Tom McGhee
1966 7-1 Vermillion Valley Conf.
Champs Coach Tom McGhee
1968 4-3-2 3rd place Vermillion Valley Conf.
Coach John Kuntz
1969 6-3 2nd place (tie) Vermillion
Valley Conf. Coach John Kuntz
1970 6-1 Vermillion Valley Conf.
Co-Champs Coach John Kuntz
1973 5-3 2nd place Vermillion Valley
Conf. Coach John Kuntz
1979 7-2 2nd place (tie) Vermillion
Valley Conf. Coach Buddy Velasko
Onarga last independently fielded a football team in 1979. Their last
game was a 28-0 win over Cullom Tri-Point.
The thespians of Onarga High also left their mark. The team of 1942-43 won their Sectional competition
and qualified for the State Competition. John Uphoff led the team with a medal at the State Finals!
1942-43 Sectional Champions / State Competition Qualifier
Uphoff Original Oratory
Speech Individual Events
One student at Onarga High School brought home a State Champion trophy and led the team to
a SIXTH Place overall finish! Great job William Whitlow!!
1949-50 Team Finished SIXTH in STATE Competition!!
William Whitlow Comedy
Final Team Standings
Rock Island HS
West Frankfort (Frankfort) HS 6
4.) Evanston (Twp.) HS
Peoria (Woodruff) HS 5
HIGH SCHOOL 5
6.) Chicago (Phillips) HS 5
9.) Harrisburg HS
Need Your Help
We could still use more information to make this page complete. If you have anything to help fill
in the gaps, or would like to add to the information already on the page, please e-mail us at email@example.com.. You can also write to us at:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il. 60631