Bengals 2nd in State Class 3A


                      Jim Griffin, Jack Josepher, Vern Scarpelli and Fred Broda

                         Jim Griffin, Fred Broda, Jack Josepher and Vern Scarpelli

It was a cold Friday in mid-March, but the Bengals were red hot heading down for their 1st trip to the IHSA State tournament Class 3A championships in Peoria. After successfully defeating De Paul Academy in the semi-final game, Friday March 15, Bogan took on East St Louis high school in the final game the following day. 

During the championship game, Bogan led the entire way until a last second dunk of a missed free throw by East St. Louis sent the game into overtime. In overtime the Bengals led until inside the last minute when their star fouled out and East St. Louis took the lead for good. Bogan recorded its best finish ever in the State basketball tournament taking the 2nd place trophy.

Witnessing both games, in full vocal support was Fred Broda, Jack Josepher, Jim Griffin and Vern Scarpelli, all basketball players during their years at Bogan. They posed with a mock State Championship trophy and a Bogan team picture. Fifty five years after Fred, Jack and Vern represented Bogan in the state playoffs for the 1st time, this year's Bengals team finally got downstate. Congrats to the Bengals.