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Vienna High School, Boys' Basketball, Regional and State Finals, 1953-1955

The Vienna High School 1953-54 basketball team finished its regular season 20-0. They followed it with an eight-game win tournament record. They lost in the regional finals to Copley by a narrow 57-56 margin. The team's season boasted a record 30 wins and one loss.

The 1954-55 team won 19 regular season games. They then went on to win nine tournament games. They lost to Lockland Wayne (Cincinnati) in the State semifinals 64-54. Their season ended with 28 wins and one loss.

For two years the team maintained a 46-game regular season winning streak. Rex Leach was selected All-Ohio for two years, his junior and senior years. He scored a record-shattering 2,581 points to become Ohio's all-time career scoring leader. He held this record for 30 years. To this day, he is Trumbull County's highest scoring player.

The following were members of this outstanding team: Don McShane, Don Scott, Frank Catchpole, Ray Rappach, Michael Mizicko, Charles Scott, Edward Scott, Albert Morrison, Paul Pennell, Dallas Stringer, William Reebel, and Rex Leach. Randall Wilson and Robert Herman were the coaches. Coach Herman left after the 1954 season.


This entry is adapted from "Boys' Basketball, 1953-55 Seasons" in Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), p. 224.