Boys Basketball

Belleville West hosting 50th anniversary of 1965-66 team that finished third in state

Belleville West High School is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1965-66 Belleville Township High School boys basketball team that finished third in the state Friday night with a reunion at its home game against Alton.

All players and coaches from that team are urged to attend that night and will be recognized at halftime of the varsity game. All former Belleville Township High School/Belleville West High School basketball players, coaches and cheerleaders will be admitted free that night.

The 1965-66 team was the most successful in Belleville District 201 basketball history and was the last one as Township High before District 201 split into two high schools, Belleville West and Belleville East. The team finished 27-5 and was led by Joe Wiley and coached by Jerry Turner.

For more information about the event, call Belleville West Athletic Lee Meyer, 222-7665.