Delphos St. John's Blue Jay Basketball
1948-49 Season

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Class B State Champs

Overall Record 29-3 Team Picture
    Opponent Result Notes
Fri
11/19
A Decatur Catholic (IN)
W
61-41 Dave Schmelzer 29 pts.
Fri
11/26
H Miller City OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 14 Losses: 7
League: Putnam County League
Coach: Joe Nienberg

W
54-43
Sun
12/5
H Toledo Central Catholic TOpponent Info:
Wins: 26 Losses: 4 Class A
League: Toledo City League
Coach: Larry Bondy
Tournament: Class A State Runner-up

W
54-40 TCC only regular season loss, Class A State Runner-Up
Fri
12/10
H Van Wert OIOpponent Info:
League: Western Buckeye League

W
54-35 Dave Schmelzer 20 points
Tue
12/14
H Ft. Recovery
W
52-44
Fri
12/17
H Lima St. Rose
W
47-42
Tue
12/21
H Delphos Jefferson OIOpponent Info:
League: Northwest Conference

W
72-21 Dave Schmelzer 38 points
Tue
12/28
A Ottoville OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 10 Losses: 10
League: Putnam County League
Coach: Louis Heckman

W
49-41
Sun
1/2
H Dayton Chaminade
W
62-39
Tue
1/4
A Bluffton OIOpponent Info:
League: Western Buckeye League

W
71-51 Dick Honingford 22 points
Fri
1/7
H Fremont St. Joe
W
67-58 Wagner and Schmelzer both score 20 points
Tue
1/11
A Elida OIOpponent Info:
League: Northwest Conference

W
74-43 Dave Schmelzer 32 points
Fri
1/14
A Lima St. Rose
L
35-36 Largest crowd ever (1,500) at Lima South gymnasium. LSR game-winner in final minute by Pat Canavan.
Sun
1/16
H Celina ICHS
W
59-43
Fri
1/21
H Ada
W
57-29
Sun
1/23
A Lima St. Gerard
W
61-40
Tue
1/25
A Lima St. John
W
61-28
Sun
1/30
A Toledo Central Catholic OIOpponent Info:
League: Toledo City League

L
41-58 benefit game for March of Dimes. Attendance 3,500 at Toledo Sports Arena
Tue
2/1
A St. Henry
W
63-44
Fri
2/4
H Minster
W
62-48
Sun
2/6
A Ft. Jennings OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 11 Losses: 11
League: Putnam County League
Coach: Eugene Reilly

W
67-33
Tue
2/8
H Ottoville OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 10 Losses: 10
League: Putnam County League
Coach: Louis Heckman

W
38-30
Tue
2/15
Celina Lima St. John+ OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 16 Losses: 5 Class B

W
35-25 (Exempted Village)
Sat
2/19
Celina Ada+ OIOpponent Info:
Class B

W
43-29 (Exempted Village)
Sat
2/26
Celina Lima St. Rose+ OIOpponent Info:
Class B

L
31-35 (Exempted Village) Sell-out crowd at the Celina Fieldhouse
Fri
3/4
Celina Oakwood+ OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 9 Losses: 14 Class B

W
63-31 (District)
Tue
3/8
Celina Lima St. Rose+ OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 21 Losses: 4 Class B

W
44-35 (District) 8th game vs. Lima St. Rose in 2 years, attendance 2,450
Thu
3/10
Celina New Knoxville+ OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 21 Losses: 2 Class B
Coach: Roger Stauffer

W
48-43 (District Final) attendance 2,700. John Giesken scores 12 off the bench to lead the Jays.
Wed
3/16
Toledo Ottawa Hills+ OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 19 Losses: 3 Class B
League: Maumee Valley League

W
65-57 (Regional)
Fri
3/18
Toledo Salem+ OIOpponent Info:
Wins: 28 Losses: 1 Class B

W
65-44 (Regional Final) Salem from Wyandot County, attendance 4,000. 2:30 pm tip-off.
Thu
3/24
Columbus Fairgrounds New Lexington+ TOpponent Info:
Wins: 25 Losses: 2 Class B
League: Muskingum Valley League
Coach: Linton Lewis
Tournament: Class B State Semi-Finalist

W
53-37 (State Semi-Final) attendance 5,829. 2:30 tip-off.
Sat
3/26
Columbus Fairgrounds Lockland Wayne+ TOpponent Info:
Wins: 31 Losses: 2 Class B
Coach: Joe Martin
Tournament: Class B State Runner-Up

W
47-43 (State Championship) DSJ's first State Championship. Dick Honigford 16 pts, Dave Schmelzer 13 pts. Lockland Wayne's only other loss to Class A State Champ Hamilton. Attendance 8,117

Head Coach: Dick Bechtel | Class B
Total Points: Delphos St. John's 1,755 (Avg. 54.8) Opponents 1,266 (Avg. 39.6)

Notes: All tickets to state tournament 75 cents.

Roster

PosNumNameHtGrade 
F  Dick Honigford      
F  Tom Brennan      
C  Dave Schmelzer      
G  Don Youngpeter      
G  Ralph Wagner      
   John Geisken      
   Al Osting      

Individual Honors

All-Ohio
Dave Schmelzer - 2nd Team All-State
Dick Honigford - Honorable Mention All-State
Ralph Wagner - Honorable Mention All-State

State Tournament Team
Dave Schmelzer - 1st Team All-State Tournament Team
Ralph Wagner - 1st Team All-State Tournament Team
Tom Brennan - 2nd Team All-State Tournament Team
Dick Honigford - State Tournament MVP, 1st Team All-State

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