Our first game was not to (sic) hard
as we had beaten Chapin twice before and played good ball to win 59-38.
On Thursday it sleeted and
the games were postponed until the next night. The game against Routt was probably our hardest game as we started off by being
very cold and by letting them get a ten point (sic) margin. We fought back and finally tied it up as the game ended. In the
overtime we won the game 44-38.
We played I.S.D. in the finals
and had a hard ball game, but won 41-38 to win the tourney.
The first place trophy was
beautiful, but what surprised everyone was that we won the sportsmanship trophy also. We think that both trophies are very
nice and hope to win many more. Coach Atwood had the names of the boys that went to the tourney put on the trophy.
Chambersburg went to the Virginia Tourney with a very good record, but there were
some very good teams in the tourney and wee were rated second, with Athens first.
Our first game was fairly easy
as everyone was hitting and consistently (sic) and our opponent was a fair Astoria team.
When we played Chandlerville
we were not hitting as regularly as we were against Astoria. We started with about two minutes to go and won 50-44.
In the finals we played a very
good Virgina team and the game was hard fought and close, being tied with about one minute to go when we hit two quick baskets
to win 44-40.
The trophy was very nice and
we appreciate it very much. We were all very happy to have won.
In the District Tournament
at Arenzville we were rated first and drew a bye. The first game we played Meredosia in a hard game and finally beat them
59-43. In the finals we played Arenzville and won 53-50. This is the tenth time we have played them in the past three years
and is the second time we have beaten them.
This is the fourth first-place
trophy. We also have a sportsmanship trophy from the P.M.B.C.
- Article written by Jessie Ham
for the Meredosia Budget in March of 1983. “Chambersburg High School Basketball Team and Cheerleaders of 1948-49.”
After watching the Meredosia-Chambersburg
Junior High and High School basketball games this past season, my thoughts sorta got to reminiscing way back to the year of
the 1948-49 season.
Way back then Chambersburg
High School had an enrollment of about 25 students and three teachers and a beautiful gymnasium and a nice school building.
Thirteen boys compiled the two teams. Back then we called them the first and second teams. Those kids worked hard
playing ball, and I can recall one of them saying “Well only five fellows can play at one time anyway.” That year
they won 27 games and lost only five. Their victories included the Virginia Tournament, P.M.B.C. Tournament, the P.M.B.C.
Conference, the District Tournament, also the Regional Tournament, where they downed Virginia, Waverly, and Jacksonville and
then they lost to Pittsfield in the Sectional. This was long before schools were divided into Class A and Class AA and so
they were only two games away from a trip to Champaign, Ill.
Also how well I remember the
Burg won over all three Jacksonville High Schools including I.S.D. (Illinois School for the Deaf) and Routt (Catholic
In this picture (below) are
some of the men who now are regular M-C Indians basketball fans and are fathers of students who have graduated and were ball
players and some have sons who are basketball players now. Three fellows in the picture have sons who were members of the
undefeated junior varsity football and basketball team of this season.
How wonderful to see some of
these men at the ball games now, applauding and cheering for the team as they have sons on the team. Of all the fellows in
the picture, five still live at Chambersburg, three in Meredosia, two in Jacksonville, one in Quincy, two in Missouri, one
in Michigan, and Mr. Atwood lives in Pittsfield.
Our cheerleaders that year
wore pretty red dresses trimmed in white.
We had no athletic club but
at every ball game the parents brought pies and in the school kitchen hot dog sandwiches and sometimes soup, along with pie
and coffee and soda pop were sold with all proceeds going to help with expenses of the basketball team. Can you imagine 300
to 400 folks at a ball game in the little old Burg. Well they did.
I will always remember one
father who never missed a game at home or away and they lived on a farm who never missed a game at home or away and they lived
on a farm and just having time to milk his cow once a day. He said, “Why it is a poor cow who cannot hold two milkings.”
Well that’s the way it was here at the Burg some 35 years ago.
Things change over the years
but some don’t, as in the last week of February this year, some of the folks in these pictures stood in line at the
Meredosia-Chambersburg High School gym waiting for the doors to open and to get a seat when about 1000 folks came to the ball
game to watch our team play Pittsfield, which goes to show this community still loves basketball.
Thanks to Duane Pool
for the tournaments listed and to him and Louise Gordley for the pictures.
EXCELLENT JOB FOR THE KIDS FROM "THE BURG"!!
Meredosia District Tournament Coach's name & record needed
Rd Beat Perry 62-48
Lost in semi-final
Meredosia beat Chapin in title game
Chapin District Tournament Coach's
name & record needed
1st Rd lost to Jacksonville Routt 59-43
los to Chapin in semi-final
Chapin lost to Ashland in title game
Chapin District Runner-Up Coach's
name & record needed
Semi-Final Beat Chapin 67-55
*Title game lost to Ashland 59-55
*Final basketball game for the Chambersburg High
School "Red Raiders." Chambersburg consolidated with Meredosia in the summer of 1952 to form the Meredosia-Chambersburg School
The boys competed
in baseball each fall during the 1940s for certain. It is probable that Spring games were played as well.
1940-41 3 - 4 (Fall) First Year of Program
Coach Robert Walker
1942-43 7 - 4 (Fall) Pike
County Conf. Champs Coach Dean “Doc” Hobbs
1946-47 1-6-1 (Fall) Coach Eldon Atwood
1947-48 3 - 5 (Fall)
Coach Eldon Atwood
1948-49 1 - 5 (Fall) Coach Eldon Atwood
Track & Field
The Chambersburg High School Red Raiders competed each Spring in track & field meets
throughout the county.
1940-41 Several boys competed in the Pike
County Track Meet.
1942-43 Six Team Members
The Chambersburg Red Raiders competed
in a boys volleyball tournament in the Spring of 1941. The team finished second in the PMBC Conference Tournament
to Chapin High School..
High School kids had many activities to keep them busy during the year. School picnics, choir, FFA, FHA, and many other activities
were likely a part of student life. Below is a page from the first yearbook produced at Chambersburg High School submitted
by Donald Poole.