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
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