Stivers 1928-1929-1930 Basketball Teams


The Stivers basketball teams of 1928, 1929, and 1930 had one of the greatest runs of success of any high school not only in Ohio, but also in the nation. The “Orange Crusher” as they were known in those days were under the guidance of legendary coach Floyd Stahl and led by the most dominant player at the time, “Big Bill’ Hosket. Stahl guided the Tigers to three straight state championships, the 6th, 7th and 8th state championship in 15 years. During those three years they won 79 and lost 7. Five of those 7 losses were early in the 1927-28 regular season. One loss was in the National Tournament in Chicago in 1928. They went on to win 29 and lose 1 in 1928-29, and then did not lose a game in the 1929-30 season. They were 59 and 1 over the last two seasons, winning the last 41 games in a row. The eight state of Ohio basketball championships are unprecedented to this day, and a record that may never be broken.



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