We are certain that the Fountain Green High School boys competed against other schools in the area in the sport
of basketball. It is quite possible that basetball and track were offered as well. School team nickname,
uniform colors, fight song, coach's names, and team records are all items were are seeking to share on this page.
Our good friend and long-time contribuer Roberta Van Briesen found the following 1923 newspaper
article about the Fountain Green HS basketball team at the web address of http://hancock.ilgenweb.net/1923clips.html .
Fountain Green High School Basket Ball team defeated the
Lomax High School Basket Ball team in an out-door game at Fountain Green on November 7th, with a score of 5 to 8.
Yetter and Ivan Latherow played forwards on the Fountain Green squad. These boys were supported
by Harlan Lenix as center and with John Larson and Fred Shipman as guards.
During the last half Russell Shipman and Melvin Latherow guarded the Lomax forwards. And
it was no easy job to guard Robert Pence of Lomax. Pence made all of the points for Lomax.
Fay Yetter was the star player on the Fountain Green squad, making two
goals in each half.
The game was a very clean game and was refereed by George Hoover of Lomax.
Only two fouls were called; one a personal foul on Russell Shipman of Fountain Green and one a technical foul on Clifford Pence of Lomax.
The second game between
these teams will probably be played at Lomax in the near future."
High School Has New Field Track
The Basket Ball Equipment is Received.
The high school has constructed a sod 150 yard circular track on the Solomon lot immediatly [sic] south of the high
school building. The boys will begin training soon for the track and field meets next spring.
In the center field
of this track arrangements will be made for pole vaulting, jumping etc.
ball practice has begun on the out-door court. Equipment including suits were received this week. Several
teams have written Fountain Green for games. The first game will probably be played with the Ferris high school.
Fountain Green High School Versus Western Academy High School
January 31, 1931
Glory Days site author Beau Spencer found the below article in the Macomb newspaper while
searching through microfilm. The article was published on January 31, 1931. The article speaks of a preliminary game
that would precede the WIU - Bradley college basketball game. The prelim game would feature the Fountain Green High School
basketball team versus the Western Academy High School second team. The article is transcribed as follows:
"A high class preliminary game has been arranged to take place preceding the Western - Bradley fray here tonight.
At 6:30 o'clock Coach Barclay's Seconds will meet the First Team of Fountain Green high school,
one of Hancock County's three-year schools.
The Fountain Green team is handicapped by its lack of a gymnasium and a scarcity of boys. There are
only six boys in the school, all of them being members of the basketball team. Regardless of this Coach Melvin's
Fountain Green quintent is expected to provide plenty of competition for the Academy seconds."
Further research by Beau revealed that Fountain Green High School won that night, defeating the Western
Academy Second Team by a score of 14 - 13, leading 10 - 1 after the first quarter!