Inductees After producing unbeaten seasons in 1945 and 1946, coach Walter Grebe's Farmington squad went 10-1 in 1947 and 8-1 in 1948 before returning to the unbeaten ranks in 1949.
Again Illio conference champions for the fourth straight season, the 1949 Farmers produced four shutouts and outscored its foes 239 to 59.
The sternest team faced by Farmington came at the end of the year when the annual season-ending game with Canton was won 18-14.
THE 1949 SEASON
Farmington 26, Tremont 0
Farmington 19, Eureka 0
Farmington 24, Washington 13
Farmington 37, Cuba 6
Farmington 24, Morton 0
Farmington 38, Dunlap 12
Farmington 33, Chillicothe 13
Faarmington 18, Canton 14
Farmington 20, Lewistown 0
After producing unbeaten seasons in 1945 and 1946, coach Walter Grebe's Farmington squad went 10-1 in 1947 and 8-1 in 1948 before returning to the unbeaten ranks in 1949.
Paul Reatherford was the main ramrod in establishing Peoria's first Biddy Basketball program in 1951 at the old Salvation Army gym with 275 boys. He started as Coach and Director in that league in 1947 where he stayed for 23 years. That first year in the official Biddy program his team won the state title but lost its first game in the national tournament in Scranton, Pa., home of the Biddy program. In subsequent years, his teams would have first and third place finishes, plus one season where our town hosted the national tournament.