The success of the Farina (LaGrove) High School athletic program is well documented on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org
). Accomplishments are listed in boys basketball, girls basketball, and girls volleyball. We are certain Farina
(LaGrove) HS also offered girls track and boys track and baseball. We are truly in need of some research from an
area fan or resident of Farina. The accomplishments listed on the IHSA web site are listed below.
Farina (LaGrove) High School has a very extensive listing on the IHSA web site. Records and coach's names
are available for all the FLHS boys teams from 1942 to 1988. Though no IHSA hardware was won Farina (LaGrove) enjoyed
many great seasons on the hardwood court. The best of those records and successes are listed below. To view scores of
Farina LaGrove High School in the IHSA State Tournament click on the following website link: https://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/
1941-42 17 - 10 (nice record)
Coach Paul Monical
1955-56 21 - 6 (nice record)
Coach Art Manwaring
1968-69 17 - 8 (nice record)
Coach Bill Sarver
1969-70 22 - 4 (great record)
Coach Bill Sarver
1971-72 21 - 4 (great record)
Coach Dan Garrett
1973-74 17 - 8 (nice record)
Coach Tom Jackson
1974-75 20 - 5 Midland Trail Conf Champs Coach
1977-78 18 - 7 (nice record) Coach
Vandalia Holiday Tourney highlights from Mark Jurenga:
1973 - 3rd Place LaGrove beat Trenton (Wesclin). Outscored Wesclin 18-0 at the Free Throw line. Steve
Soldner of LaGrove scored 38 points in the game.
1974 - Champ - 2nd Place - Nokomis 56 LaGrove 44
- Consolation Champ LaGrove beat Oblong
1973 - Steve Soldner
- Steve Soldner (MVP)
Soldner went on to become a standout basketball player at Kansas State University (see below). Soldner
still (as of 2007) holds the tournament record of 72 rebounds (in 3 games) in 1974.(Currently teams in the
VHT play 5 games and have since at least 1993, but Soldner's record remains.) Soldner was
a rebounding machine. According to the 2007 Vandalia Holiday Tournament Program (pg. 8), "his 38 rebounds against Casey still
stands as the best individual rebounding performance."
St. Elmo Tournament Highlights from Mark Jurenga:
1970- 2nd Place; lost to Findlay
over St. Elmo Cheerleader Awards
1979- 1st Place
**Great Player - as researched by Mark Jurenga:
*Averaged 26.2 ppg and 23, yes 23, rebounds per game.
won the Midland Trail Conference in 1974-75
*Played basketball at Kansas State from 1976-1979.
*Was named team captain his senior year.
*Played in 74
*Played for Big 8 regular season and tournament champions in 1977.
*Averaged 8.7 ppg including 12.1 his
senior year; #66 in K-State career points.
*He amassed 433 rebounds in his career; 5.9 per game.
*He led K-state in
rebounds in 1977-78.
*He still holds the all-time career field goal percentage mark with.558 (255-430).
*He is #2 and
#3 in field goal percentage for a season.
- 1977-78 .600 (108-180)
The girls basketball program at Farina (LaGrove) also enjoyed many great seasons. Included in their success was
the winning of one Regional title. Team records and coach's names are listed on the IHSA web site and the best
of these are again listed below.
1976-77 8 - 5 (nice record)
Coach Jimmy Page
1977-78 10 - 5 (nice record)
Coach Jimmy Page
1980-81 14 - 6 (nice record)
Coach Ann Stock
1981-82 17 - 2 Regional Champions Coach
1982-83 11 - 5 (nice record)
Coach Brien Guy
The Farina (LaGrove) High School girls volleyball team also brought home some IHSA hardware. In fact the team
won three District titles and one Sectional title. Unfortunately coaches names and team records are not available.
These successful seasons are listed below.
1979-80 District Champions
1980-81 District Champions
1981-82 District / Sectional Champions!!
Always Looking for More Information
If you have ANY more information you would like to share regarding the history and successful accomplishments of
Farina (LaGrove) High School we hope you will write to us so we can share it with others. We are especially
interested in a photo of the original Farina La Grove High School building. We are also seeking information on the mergers
mentioned above. You can e-mail information and photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can write to us at:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il. 60631