(12-21-20) Savannah’s Larry Huston had a season to remember in 1954-55., that season he had 506 field goals and 683 rebounds…those numbers are still the best for a single-season in the history of Ohio High School basketball. He scored 1,221 points, 2nd all-time, and averaged 45.2 points per game that season. There was no 3-point line during that time, making the numbers even more impressive.

1952-53 Sailors – Huston was a Sopmore

Bill Fast, Savannah’s starting sophomore forward in Huston’s senior year told the post-gazette.com in a 2015 story –

“It was pass once or twice and hit Huston and go from there … I got a few points out of that, but I haven’t figured out how that happened.”

One advantage that Huston had, according to the post-gazette. com story, was that he played all four of his high school seasons on a 47-foot-long home court (nearly half the size of today’s 84-foot courts) — one on which the foul circles overlapped the enter circle.

Savannah High School Gym

Huston scored 81 points fifth best in OHSAA history, leading the Sailors to a 124-73 win over Perrysville…he scored 14 points in the first period, 26 in the second, 16 in the third and 25 in the fourth. In two other games that season he scored 69 points vs. Homersville and 68 points vs. Hayesville.

What a season to remember for Larry Huston in 1954-55…off the floor he graduated from Savannah High School in 1955 as the valedictorian of his class.

OHSAA Records

Points, Game (minimum 65)

120 – Dick Bogenrife, Sedalia Midway (137) vs. Canaan (46) (02/06/1953)
90 – Dwight “Dike” Hatfield, Glouster (128) vs. Chauncey Dover (54) (01/24/1961)
89 – Glen Whipple, Archbold vs. Swanton (1922)
86 – Allan Hornyak, Bellaire St. John Central (123) vs. Tiltonsville Warren (63) (01/10/1969)
81 – Larry Huston, Savannah (124) vs. Perrysville (73) (02/11/1955)
80 – Mel Frye, Clarington (145) vs. Stafford (37) (02/04/1953)
77 – Jon Diebler, Upper Sandusky (105) vs. Tiffin Columbian (100) (01/13/2006)
76 – Dennis Marks, Farmington (108) vs. Warren Market (66) (12/09/1967)
76 – Henry Josefczyk, Yorkville (99) vs. Shadyside (78) (02/10/1956)
74 – Carter Howell, Flushing (118) vs. New Athens (52) (01/11/1955)
72 – Rex Leach, Vienna (158) vs. Southington (46) (01/21/1955)
72 – Jim Weber, Pettisville vs. Lyons (1941)
70 – Frank Monterosso, Cincinnati St. Bernard (95) vs. Cincinnati Country Day (52) (01/26/1974)
70 – Ken Alessi, Yorkville (103) vs. Shadyside (69) (02/11/1949)
69 – Eric Schiele, Atwater Waterloo (101) vs. Mogadore (90) (02/17/2006)
69 – Larry Huston, Savannah (92) vs. Homersville (78) (12/29/1954)
68 – Larry Huston, Savannah (97) vs. Hayesville (64) (01/29/1955)

Points, Season (minimum 850)

1,266 – Rex Leach, Vienna Mathews (1954-1955)
1,221 – Larry Huston, Savannah (1954-1955)
1,168 – Ken Alessi, Yorkville (1948-1949)
1,102 – Jon Diebler, Upper Sandusky (2006-2007)
1,097 – Henry Josefczyk, Yorkville (1955-1956)
1,067 – Luke Kennard, Franklin (2014-2015)
987 – Zach Rasile, McDonald (2019-2020)
973 – Gary Kesler, Willshire (1955-1956)
940 – Greg Simpson, Lima Senior (1991-1992)
930 – Jerry Lucas, Middletown (1956-1957)

Points, Career (minimum 2,200)

3,208 – Jon Diebler, Fostoria (2003-2004) & Upper Sandusky (2004-2007)
3,013 – Zach Rasile, McDonald (2016-2020)
2,977 – Luke Kennard, Franklin (2011-2015)
2,958 – Jay Burson, New Concord John Glenn (1981-1985)
2,680 – Geno Ford, Cambridge (1989-1993)
2,646 – LeBron James, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (1999-2003)
2,581 – Rex Leach, Vienna Mathews (1951-1955)
2,573 – Mike Phillips, Akron Manchester (1970-1974)
2,567 – Bill Szabo, Oberlin Firelands (1976-1980)
2,562 – Nate Davis, Bellaire (2002-2006)
2,492 – Larry Huston, Savannah (1951-1955)
2,460 – Jerry Lucas, Middletown (1955-1958)

Most Field Goals Made, Game (minimum 27)

52 – Dick Bogenrife, Sedalia Midway vs. Canaan (02/06/1953)
40 – Allan Hornyak, Bellaire St. John Central vs. Tiltonsville Warren Consolidated (01/10/1969)
37 – Dwight “Dike” Hatfield, Glouster vs. Chauncey Dover (01/24/1961)
33 – Dennis J. Marks, Farmington vs. Warren Market (12/09/1967)
32 – Larry Huston, Savannah vs. Perrysville (02/11/1955)
32 – John Behen, Cambridge vs. Woodsfield (01/18/1918)
31 – Emil Hartman, Ohio School for the Deaf (1959)
31 – Larry Huston, Savannah vs. Hayesville (01/29/1955)
31 – Mel Frye, Clarington vs. Stafford (02/04/1953)
31 – Ken Alessi, Yorkville vs. Shadyside (02/11/1949)
31 – Willard Henry, Wayne Township vs. Clarksville (01/31/1931)
30 – Henry Josefczyk, Yorkville vs. Shadyside (1956)
30 – Rex Leach, Vienna Mathews vs. Southington Chalker (1954-1955)
29 – Larry Huston, Savannah vs. Homerville (1954)
28 – Bob Spencer, Dorset vs. Colebrook (12/20/1947)
28 – Gary Kesler, Willshire vs. Mendon (11/11/1955)
27 – Phil Snow, Sabina vs. Blanchester (2/14/1964)
27 – Mike Allen, New Lexington St. Aloysius vs. South Zanesville (02/09/1954)
27 – Larry Huston, Savannah vs. Ruggles-Troy (1954)

Most Field Goals Made, Season (minimum 300)

506 – Larry Huston, Savannah (1954-1955)
493 – Rex Leach, Vienna Mathews (1954-1955)
454 – Ken Alessi, Yorkville (1948-1949)
346 – Allan Hornyak, Bellaire St. John Central (1968-1969)
334 – Luke Kennard, Franklin (2014-2015)

Most Rebounds, Season (minimum 420)

683 – Larry Huston, Savannah (1954-1955)
553 – Steve Wake, Mansfield St. Peter’s (1969-1970)
532 – Ben Mazeroski, Cadiz (1955-1956)
520 – Hugh Terrell, Lees Creek East Clinton (1965-1966)
508 – Dan Thallman, Bloomville (1968-1969)
494 – Mike Doliboa, Middletown Madison (1971-1972)

Highest Field Goal Percentage, Season (minimum 60% and 325 attempts)

80.9 – Gary Trent, Columbus Hamilton Twp. (1992) 267/330
75.7 – Evan Eshmeyer, New Knoxville (1990-1991)
75.3 – Seth Gorney, Vandalia Butler (2003-2004) 223/296
74.1 – Gary Williams, Wilmington (1977-1978)
73.9 – DeJuan Dennis, Akron Central-Hower (2002-2003)
71.3 – B.J. Mullens, Canal Winchester (2007-2008)
68.0 – Garrick Sherman, Kenton (2007-2008) 223/328
66.8 – Jeremiah Wood, Akron Central-Hower (2002-2003)
66.1 – Ben Rhoda, Centerville (2001-2002)
65.9 – Steve Savel, Andover Pymatuning Valley (2007-2008) 240/364
65.5 – Hayden Stone, Carey (2019-20) 222/339
65.2 – Mike Giomi, Newark (1980-1981)
64.8 – Larry Huston, Savannah (1954-1955) 506/781