A highlight of the 1928 Stephenson High School basketball season was the dedication of the new gym. The Eagles lost a hard-fought match that went into overtime and ended with Vulcan winning 16-14. Members of the team, front row, left to right, were Don Burke, Corna (Cornie) Sanders, Bob Tetro, Fred Bushonville, Fred Phillippo; back row, Wesley Pearson, Earl Dean, Coach Hoyt Ferm, Theron Dean and Carl (Cully) Swanson. According to the 1928 Classmate (year book), "The second Vulcan game was a repetition of the Lourde's battle (which the Eagles lost), and it was Irvin Hansen's last game as he got an attack of appendicitis which kept him out for the remaining games." Basketball was a very defensive game and scores were often low, especially compared to current scores. In the district tourney, the Eagles drew the Swedes of Felch and won 10-9. In the second tournament game, the Eagles played Vulcan. After the first half, the scored was tied at 6-6, but Vulcan went on to win. Stephenson battled Hermansville for third place and were leading 10-1 after the first quarter. However, the Big Reds caught up and came within one point, but the Eagles rallied and took home a 17-12 victory for third place. The Eagles played several Class B schools and hopes, at the time, were that they could have a conference of schools in their class. "It would eliminate discouraging defeats by schools with enrolliment much more than a school of our type." 1928 varsity letters were awarded to Captain Tetro, Captain Hansen, Bushonville, Sanders, Phillippo, Burke, Swanson, Earl Dean and Theron Dean.
Photo courtesy of Maria Tuinstra (one of Carl Swanson's daughters). It was given to her by Harold Phillippo, brother of Fred Phillippo.