Union High School has inducted its first class into its newly created Athletic Hall of Fame. Other high schools in the area have established Athletic Halls of Fame to recognize outstanding individuals, teams, coaches and sports contributors.
It was fitting that the Union High basketball boys team of 1943-44 be recognized in the first induction program held at the school last week. This is not to say the others who were recognized were behind the 1943-44 basketball team in merit. They were all deserving, However, the 1943-44 team was one of the top teams ever in this area, placing in the top four in the state. The team had a 26-4 record, including 14-0 in Franklin County Conference action. Bill Bunge was the coach.
One player on the team, Homer Branson, made all-state and was a star in college at Central Missouri State at Warrensburg. Another player, Bill Nicholson, was an Air Force pilot who attained the rank of general. Other starters were Bill Jacobsmeyer, Eldo Frueh and Earl Strain.
In those years, there was only one class and to reach the state finals was outstanding.