(6-8-20) In 1946 America was starting to get back to normal as World War II was wrapping up. Milan, Indiana was still waiting for a chance to win an Indiana State Basketball Title that would lead to the film ‘Hoosiers’. But in Northwest Ohio the Farmer Tigers would win an OHSAA Class B State title.
The total male enrollment of the four-year high school was about 28 boys, which figures out to seven to a class.
Farmer would win 32 of 33 games (only loss was to Edgerton and they would beat them in a rematch later in the season, 61-23) scoring 1,703 points to their opponent’s 895 points. Over the previous 4 years, Farmer won 100 of 109 games. The Tigers were led by Leighton Fritzwho scored 1,533 points during his four year career, which was the all-time Defiance County record.
Bryan Times story (June, 1986) on tournament – Farmer Wins Class B State Title
1946 Class B Ohio Boys’ High School Basketball Championship Game
You Tube Video courtesy John Booth
Excerpts from the March 23, 1946 Class B Ohio Boys’ High School Basketball Championship game from a You Tube video by John Booth, played at Wittenberg University Field House, Springfield, Ohio between the Farmer Tigers (light jerseys) and the Worthington Cardinals. Farmer won 36 to 32. In the semi-final game, Farmer advanced to the championship game beating the Bradford Railroaders 57 to 39.
Members of the Farmer team: Leighton Fritz (22), Ed Lord (99), Robert Beerbower (44), Milo Renz (11), Henry Ford (66), Kenneth Culler (88), Marvin Maugel (77), Deloy Appel (00), Willard Kammeyer (33), Willis Kammeyer (55). The coach was O. R. Zedaker; Principal, E. H. Kammeyer; Manager, Robert Burns
1946 Worthington Cardinals
The 1946 Worthington Cardinals varsity boys basketball team was the most successful in the history of Worthington High School at the time. Their record for the regular season was 15 wins and 3 losses. They were county Co-Champions with Grove City. The team won the Franklin County Tourney, the District Championship and the Regional Tourney.
In 1957 Farmer High School would close and students would all move to the Fairview School District. While Worthington, a suburb of Columbus would grow and now has multiple high schools.
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