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1977-78

Left to Right: Jeff Landrum, Jack Purtell, Tom Marquette, Dave Edwards, Curt Cooper, Jeff Dallas, Bruce Bille, Lee Keyes, Rob Wilson, Tim Keyes, Steve Tennant, Larry Coombs.

         
Cardinal Conference 1977-78 Season
         
AHS 55 Galion 59  AHS 62 WOOSTER 55
AHS 61 Mansfield 63  AHS 40 Elyria 41
AHS 54 DOVER 53  AHS 56 COSHOCTON 54
AHS 37 MANSFIELD MADISON 35  AHS 43 LEXINGTON 40
AHS 48 NEW PHILLY 45  AHS 79 Mansfield MALABAR 56
AHS 55 COSHOCTON 54  AHS 51 Mansfield Madison 55
AHS 63 Mansfield MALABAR 54  AHS 70 MANSFIELD MADISON 50 *
AHS 50 DOVER 41  AHS 66 SHELBY 45 *
AHS 67 WOOSTER 63  AHS 63 SANDUSKY 53 *
AHS 70 Sandusky 78  AHS 58 CELINA 53 *
AHS 54 Mt Vernon 63  AHS 65 Findlay 66 *
AHS 58 NEW PHILLY 51
 

The A’s were Coach Jim Barr’s most successful team Cardinal Conference and Sectional champs. They were one-point from the first Regional trip in 31-years, when Jack Purtell’s steal and lay-up at the buzzer was ruled out-of-bounds. (Not a cool call for Ashland!). The co-MVPs were Tom Marquette (307 pts) and Bruce Bille (305 pts), and they were both 1st team CC and NW District. Curt Cooper, a tri-captain, scored 237 points. Larry Coombs, the playmaker, had 122 points including 12 straight free throws in the Celina game. Jack Purtell, the only underclassman in the starting quintet, scored 219 points including 23-points against Sandusky. Bruce Bille had the first slam-dunk in AHS history during the 3rd game vs Dover.

 



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