Final season 1939-40: Coach Willard Witte. Only seven games recorded (1-6). Last basketball win: Feb.
21, 1940: New Berlin District tournament; Loami 31, Ball Township 24. Scoring for Loami: Kendal Fisher 15, Hatcher
10, Frank Miller 4, LaVerne Lamb 2.
Last game played: Feb. 22, 1940, at District tourney; Loami 18, Palmyra 31. Scoring for Loami: Fisher 11, Hatcher
3, Bridges 2, Lamb 2; not scoring: C. Fisher, Miller and Flynn.
SOME SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
1927-28: Coach G. Harlow. Loami competed in the Sangamon County Conference and had a record of 6-4 (8-6
overall), finishing in a tie for third place with Buffalo. They beat Chatham and Riverton during the season and placed fourth
in the annual conference tournament. Cloyd, Cox, Duewer, Gibson, Jacobs, and Nichols all
played prominent roles during the season. (No postseason District tourney.)
1928-29: Mr. G. Harlow's squad had a 5-12 record (4-8 in conference) and played in the District tournament
at season’s end (they lost to Chatham 34-11). Loami finished fourth in the conference tournament, led by Rowden,
Burton, Jacobs, Gibson and Meiers.
1932-33: A. M. Randles’ team recorded a 9-8 season’s mark and finished second to Riverton
in the Sangamon County Conference’s annual tournament. They had to beat Buffalo, Dawson and Chatham to reach the finals,
their best ever record in the tourney.
1933-34: Loami (dubbed by some as the “Travelers” because some of their home games were in New Berlin) compiled
a 5-9 record overall, with a 5-7 mark in the Sangamon County Conference (later known as Sangamo Conference). They did not
compete in the postseason District tournament. Loami players: Cloyd (younger brother of the 1927-28 player?),
Warren Page, Rice, Aubrey, Henderson and Franklin.
1934-35: After opening the season with four losses, Loami forfeited the remainder of its schedule (0-12). The newspapers
reported that coach Randles had to abandon the season because he did not have enough players to compete adequately.
1935-36: All games forfeited. Loami was accused of playing in an unauthorized “independent” game. The infraction
was reported in the Buffalo Tri-City Register (weekly newspaper) on January 24, 1936: “Loami has recently sent us word
that their team has become ineligible due to their participation in an independent game. Consequently the team is forced to
forfeit the rest of its games.” Actually, they forfeited any victories and did not complete the season.
However, a search of the archives in 2007 by Illinois High School Association staff member Scott Johnson
failed to list any violation during the 1935-36 season. The State Journal and Register also did not carry any stories about
the forfeits, but the fact is Loami did not complete its regular schedule nor played in a postseason District tournament.
Because Loami may not have been a member of the public high school association the forfeits could have been administered by
the Sangamon County Conference. Dawson High (SCC member) forfeited its 1935-36 season because of an IHSAA infraction.
1936-37: Coach Randles’ team finished with a 5-5 record in the Sangamo Conference, and 7-8 overall.
They took third place in the Chatham Holiday tournament and the Sangamo Conference tourney. Ray Page, Clarence Chandler,
Emery Matthews, Gene Hovey, Tom Franklin, Moss, Patterson and Stanton contributed throughout the
season. Franklin led the team in scoring. Loami did not play in the District tournament.
Loami High School player Don Fisher remembers his time on the basketball team of 1937-38. He recalled
that Mr. Randles had an old Chevrolet sedan and piled all the players (usually seven or eight) in it for
road trips. Quite often the team would have practices OUTSIDE when the Loami Town Hall was not available. Don also said that
his coach was a great person who treated the students very well.
Alvine (A. M.) Randles was the Principal/Teacher/Coach at Loami. He was born in 1905 near Nokomis, obtained
a degree in education at Eureka College, and a Masters from the University of Illinois. In addition to his time at Loami,
he also taught at Nokomis and Riverton, and retired as principal of Edinburg High School after 17 years. Mr. Randles
also operated a farm near New City into the 1970s. He passed away in 2005, age 100.
SEASON W-L COACH (season totals may be incomplete)
1925-26 2-9 Earl Cain
1926-27 2-9 Earl Cain
1927-28 8-6 G. Harlow
1928-29 5-12 G. Harlow
1929-30 7-10 G. Harlow
1930-31 6-9 A. M. Randles
1931-32 1-14 A. M. Randles
1932-33 9-8 A. M. Randles
1933-34 5-9 A. M. Randles
1934-35 0-12 A. M. Randles (forfeited 8 games)
1935-36 0-8 A. M. Randles (forfeited all games)
1936-37 7-8 A. M. Randles
1937-38 1-6 A. M. Randles
1938-39 1-5 A. R. Evans
1939-40 1-6 Willard Witte (last season)