The Newark Wildcats, in my biased opinion, should definitely be given consideration as one of the States' all-time best basketball programs.Upon further review. Newark is 3rd all in wins, over 1,600. 7 state appearances, with 3 championships and 1 runner up. Numerous regional appearances in the always tough central district in the big school classification. Possible Top 5 program.
I'll vouch for the alma mater. Five time champs, all in the last 25 years. Two more runners-up, only perfect D1 season in last 30 years. Averaged around 20 wins a year for the last 30 years. It's a resume strongly built on recency, but for a school that's been around like 60 years it's a pretty good list.Moeller has to be on this list.
That's impressive for sure. Also I didn't realize Archbold was second in all time wins.The Newark Wildcats, in my biased opinion, should definitely be given consideration as one of the States' all-time best basketball programs.
1643 wins which is 3rd all-time in Ohio trailing only Canton McKinley and Archbold.
37 League Championships
23 Central District Championships ( Large School Division )
8 Regional Championships
8 appearances in the State Tournament
4 State Championships 1936, 1938, 1943, 2008
1 State Runner Up 1953
They certainly had one of the most colorful and storied coaches in Stark County history! Coach Charles "Red" Ash led the Wildcats for just under 40 years. He retired in 1978 with a 634-200 record. Here is a great article on Red and the Canton South Wildcats. (Courtesy of the Canton Repository).Canton South has been down the last couple of years, but they are a top 25 program in the state.
Kettering Alter is somewhat similar, but they have only been a school since 1962: 3 state championships, 1 state runner-up, 9 state appearances. Not good enough to be a top 5, but should be honorable mention.One program that should be mentioned is Zanesville........3 state championships (1926, 1955, 1995), 1 state runnerup (1997), 12 state appearances, 1200+ wins all time. Their resume stacks up well with quite a few of the schools that are on the voting list.
You make a good case for Zanesville! Added...One program that should be mentioned is Zanesville........3 state championships (1926, 1955, 1995), 1 state runnerup (1997), 12 state appearances, 1200+ wins all time. Their resume stacks up well with quite a few of the schools that are on the voting list.
Delphos SJ played Newark when I was in high school. Some great games, especially 1982 when DSJ with 6'9 Alan Kortokrax vs. Newark 6'9 Mike Giomi. PACKED house at The Vatican for that one: DSJ 75 Newark 63. So much fun.Newark is absolutley top 5. Year in and year out, all they do is win. They’ve only had like 5 coaches in the last 120 years. 4 State Titles. 23 Central District Titles (#1 all time in CD). What’s truly special about Newark, is their fan base!!! There isn’t a team in Ohio that has a more rabid fan base than Newark. Jimmy Allen Gymnasium is a nightmare to win at. Fans on all 4 sides and right on top of you. It just reeks of history and tradition. Often times, when they play on the road, they have more fans than the home team. I watched them defeat Lakewood St Edwards in the 2008 State Finals and I have never seen a fan base as loud as theirs at the Schott. Newark is a truly special program. They do things right. Also, I would assume their fans would have an issue with arch rival Zanesville being on this list...after all they haven’t lost to Zanesville in 12 years and the fact that Zanesville would have to beat Newark every year for the next 60 years to even the all time series lol. I think Canton McKinley is #1 all time, but I would personally put Newark at #2 all time. Good topic.
The question is top 5 "all-time" programs. To me that would mean top 5 teams/schools in wins...if that's what they are truly asking then Archbold is #2 on the list only trailing Canton McKinley in most wins in Ohio boys basketball history.You can't put in Archbold over Ottawa Glandorf, but even the Titans are nowhere close to the teams being mentioned above