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Plano Yesteryear: Local happenings in Plano's history

Pictured are the 1978-79 Plano girls basketball team. From left are Manager Theresa Majchrzak, Beth Chism, Star Salemi, Nancy Smith, Linda Hess, Lisa Morris, Diana Mall, Jackie Walleck, Carol Bretthauer, Laura Hage and Coach Bonnie Felt.
Pictured are the 1978-79 Plano girls basketball team. From left are Manager Theresa Majchrzak, Beth Chism, Star Salemi, Nancy Smith, Linda Hess, Lisa Morris, Diana Mall, Jackie Walleck, Carol Bretthauer, Laura Hage and Coach Bonnie Felt.

Forty years ago, the 1978-79 Plano girls’ basketball team set the Plano High School basketball record for winning percent in a season by posting a 21 win, four loss season (84 percent). Ranked next in winning percent for PHS basketball are the 1938-39 boys and 1961-62 boys teams with 21-5 records (81 percent); followed by the 1979-80 girls team (19-6, 76 percent) and 2012-13 girls team (22-7, 76 percent).

The 1978-79 girls team was the Hinckley-Big Tournament and Seneca District champions, as well as runner up to Lemont in the Westmont Tournament and also in the old NorthEast Conference.

Under the former single class system, Plano won four post season games (including their fourth win of the season over Yorkville) before succumbing to Morris in the regional championship. In 2012, the team was inducted into the Plano High School Hall of Fame.

The 1938-39 boys team was the Yorkville Invitational Tournament Champion, Little 10 Tournament runner up to Waterman and finished third in the District. Three of the five losses were to a Waterman team that featured Jack Smiley (who later played for the Illini and also in the NBA).

The Plano Historical Society has many more team photos (dating back to the early 1900s) and records, as well as artifacts of all kinds. A number of them are displayed on the Plano Historical Society Facebook page, while the Society is searching for a permanent home.

Generally, the Society meets on the last Tuesday of odd numbered months at 6:30 p.m. at the Plano Community Library.

Contact President Bob Hausler at 630-552-3210 or bhausler@cityofplanoil.org, if you have any questions or would like to join or contribute.

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