Athletics and Extra-Curriculars
Leaf River offered a variety of athletics in their 71-year existance. Like most small schools in Northern Illinois, Basketball
was probably the most followed. Baseball, football, and track were also offered at one time for the boys. The girls
were offered basketball, volleyball, and track. The records provided below, except those of football, were found on the
IHSA website www.ihsa.org
A former coach of the Demons, John Timmerman, was the head basketball, football (6-man) and track
coach at Leaf River High from 1948-49 to 1950-51. After leaving Leaf River Coach Timmerman went
on to coach high school sports for 50 years including stints at Zion-Benton, Dundee, and 30 years as an assistant
football coach at Barrington High School. Coach Stan Block was Leaf River's leader for about eight years
The Demons won three District Championships in Boys Basketball, coming in back-to-back seasons in 1942-43
and 1943-44, and in 1960-61.
Coach John Timmerman
Route 72 Conference Champs
Season & Tournament
The Demons had some very solid football seasons to compliment their success in basketball.
Jim Hake, Class of 1951, shared this information about the early days of Leaf River High School football:
"I am the oldest living ex-football player for Leaf River. I am only 77, but football was started one year before my
senior year. We played 6-man at that time."
Tom Sikorski found the following Leaf River football records listed below.
1959 4-3 3rd place Rt 72 Conference Coach
1960 5-3 3rd place Rt 72 Conference Coach
1962 6-2 2nd place Rt 72 Conference
1968 5-2-1 2nd place Rt 72 Conference Coach
1975 5-4 Coach
1978 5-3 3rd place (tie) Northwest 8 Conference Coach
Leaf River fielded their last team in 1984. The last win in school history was 26-14 over Mooseheart that year.