The Waterloo Wonders

The Waterloo Wonders (HM2FWR)

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N 38° 42.309', W 82° 28.445'

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Waterloo's Historic Wonder Five 1934 and 1935 Class B State Champions

Waterloo was home to the legendary Waterloo Wonders. Coach
Magellan Hairston and his Wonder Five captured consecutive Ohio
state high school Class B basketball championships in 1934 & 1935,
winning 94 out of 97 games, and defeating many Class A and college
teams. The 91st Ohio House of Representatives honored the Waterloo
Wonders with a resolution following their second Class B State
Championship win. The Wonders, known for their colorful passing
show, entertained
fans with their scoring ability, defense, trick
passes, and hardwood antics. Hailing from a small village of 150
with a school male enrollment of 26, the Waterloo Wonders were
considered one of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled on
the Ohio high school athletic scene. After high school, four of the
Wonder Five played professionally as the Waterloo Wonders, competing
against such teams as the famed New York Celtics, the Philadelphia
Sphas, the New York Rens, and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Waterloo's Historic Wonder Five 1934 and 1935 Class B State Champions: Curtis McMahon, Team Captain. 5'11 (from Greasy Ridge) ·
Beryl Drummond, 5'8" (Flag Springs) ·
Orlyn Roberts, 5'11" (Waterloo) ·
Wyman Roberts, 5'10" (Waterloo) ·
Stewart Wiseman, 5'7" (Sheritts) ·
Magellan Hatrston, Coach and Principal of Waterloo High School


Team Members:

Carl Adams ·
Burkle Brumfield ·
Lee Drummond
Edgar Griffith ·
Owen Knox ·
Forest Malone ·
Kenneth McCauley, Team Statistician

Kathryn (Bradshaw) McMahon ·
Blanche (Vermillion) Spears

School Colors: Black and White

School Cheer:
A Basket, a basket, a basket, boys /
You make the basket, we'll make the noise / Yea black, yea white / Yea team, win tonight!
Series This marker is part of the Strange But True series
Year Placed1994
Placed ByLawrence County Historical Society, Gallia County Historical Society, O.O. McIntyre Park District and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 371825 N 4285088
Decimal Degrees38.70515000, -82.47408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.309', W 82° 28.445'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 18.54" N, 82° 28' 26.7" W
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