(12-25-20) In 1953 Midway’s Dick Bogenrife, a Junior at the time< would score 120 points in a 137-46 win over Canaan (02/06/1953), both schools are no linger in existence.
How did Bogenrife do it? He scored 21 points in the first quarter, 27 points in the second quarter,
34 points in the third quarter and 38 in the 4th quarter. For the game Bogenrife went 52 of 64 from the field and 16 of 20 from the free throw line.
According to a Columbus Dispatch story in 2008, Midway coach Don Strasburg decided early in the game, perhaps even before the game, to push for Bogenrife to get the record. Canaan, a school near Plain City, a team who was fighting the flu.
Carl Maggard, a Midway starter, told the Dispatch –
“When you’re a kid, something like that doesn’t have the impact that it does later on. Most of us were just a little confused. I guess we thought it was a good thing to do. Some of us talked about it — running up the score like that and not being allowed to shoot — but we went along with it because Dick was a good ballplayer and friend. And we kind of liked the publicity, too.”
Like many small schools in the 1950’s…the gym floor was small by today’s standards, making it easier to score the points that night.
The 120 points is still a record in Ohio, 30 points more then the 2nd place player, Dwight “Dike” Hatfield of Glouster who scored 90 points in 1961.
Ohio Single-Game Points (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)
The national high school record is 135 points, scored by Danny Heater on January 26, 1960. Playing for Burnsville High School (West Virginia) against Widen High School, Heater made 53 of 70 field goals and 29 of 41 free throws. Bogenrife remains at #3 on the national single-game scoring list.
About the player….
Dick Bogenrife (6-foot-3) played basketball at Midway High School from 1951 to 1954.
Bogenrife was named OHSAA Class B 2nd Team All-Ohio as a junior and Class B 1st Team All-Ohio as a senior. He is still the only Madison-Plains (and the schools that consolidated to become Madison-Plains) basketball player to be named 1st Team All-Ohio in basketball. His senior year, he averaged 39.2 points per game.
In 1954, despite only having eight boys in the senior class, Midway won the Madison County basketball tournament and had a 20-4 record heading into the Central District tournament.
- Rob Oller commentary: Query into record uncovers bizarre tale (March 2008)
- Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame induction (February, 2015)
- Danny Heater Scored 135 Points In A 173-43 Win Back In 1960