1918 Boys Basketball State Champions
The city of Waseca gained fame in the sports world when the Central high school basketball team captured the sixth annual state tournament championship.
The 1918 Central team was a powerful scoring unit, but yet was even more famous for its defense. During the season the team piled up 466 points while allowing the opposition a mere 144. Some of the scores were: Waseca 81- New Prague 3; Waseca 53 – Austin 7; Waseca 19 – Albert Lea 18. In the New Prague game, the score at halftime was 31- 0.
Waseca raced through an undefeated season and was named the champion of District 12. In 1918 there were no region tournaments; winners of the 14 districts were invited to compete in the state tournament held at Carlton College in Northfield.
Making the trip to Northfield by train, Waseca engaged in four games in two days, winning them all to win the silver cup. Central opened with a win over New Ulm 44-12, whipped Detroit Lakes 35-11, toppled its stubborn rival Albert Lea 18-14 and downed Duluth central in the finals.
Members of the team were Everett Johnson, Clifford (Pat) Wyman, Arthur Wobschall, Rollins Juhnke, Lester Juhnke, Donald Frentz, Reuel (Red) Jacobson, and Coach G.L. McQueen.
The championship cup was destroyed when the school burned down in 1923. At the awards banquet in 1963, a replica contributed by members of the 1918 team replaced it.