Lizton High School - 1917 Basketball Team A Virtual Cemetery created by: David Smith
Description: Lizton's lone basketball sectional championship came in 1917. The 125th Anniversary of Lizton and Union Township Booklet states "In the spring of 1917, Lizton had an unusually good team. This team had won most of their games that year. In the High School Sectional, which was played at Greencastle, they played Fillmore, New Winchester, Amo and Plainfield High Schools and won all the games. Those playing on the Lizton team were Clarence Ratliff, Lowell Kirtley, Harry Wheat, Willard Groover, Robert Ratliff, Richmond Blake, Ralph Graham and Orville Davis (The last three named all became well known Methodist Church ministers.) Their coach was the Lizton High School Principal, George Reitzel of Brownsburg, and Herman Wall was the student manager. This Lizton team went on to the State Finals which were held at Bloomington. They were defeated by Muncie Central. This was a big thing for a team from such a small high school, without a gymnasium, and having to practice out of doors or at some other school gym, to get to play in the state finals."from the Republican for March 22, 1917:Lizton's high school five, representing the district of Putnam and Hendricks counties, fell before the experienced Muncie quintette in the opening game of the state tourney at Bloomington, Friday, by the score of 31-8. Lizton was clearly off form and played with little or no team work. The Delaware county boys took the lead and were never headed. Wheat, of Lizton, scored his team's only field goal while Ratliff made the remaining six points on fouls. R. Ratliff, captain of the Lizton crew, received a silver medal from the Y.M.C.A. of Indiana university, for being one of the eight men selected who showed the best sportsmanship of the tournament. The state championship went to Lebanon.