Willard High School Boys, ’79-’82
69 Consecutive Wins, February 23, 1979 – December 28, 1982
Year Inducted: 2012
Over five seasons, beginning with the final game of the 1978-79 season, Willard High School won 69 consecutive regular season games – the second longest win string in Ohio behind Middletown’s 76 from 1955-58. Coach Bob Haas’ team took a 20-0 record into the Class AA tournament three straight years before the winning string ended in the ninth game of 1982-83. The unbeaten 1979-80 team, featuring John Willoughby and Tony Augspurger, advanced to the state semifinals and lost to Portsmouth, 65-53. The 1981-82 squad, led by Mike Lillo, was beaten in the state semifinal game by Dayton Roth, 74-61. Two teams lost in the regional final and one lost in the regional semifinal. The five teams involved in the streak had overall records of 22-2, 26-1, 25-1, 26-1 and 21-4. During the streak Willard outscored its opponents by an average of 24.7 points per game. The Flashes’ margin of victory was fewer than five points only five times and fewer than 10 points 14 times.