1966-67 Butler Aviators honored


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



The 1966-67 Butler Aviators were honored at halftime of Saturday’s game versus Bellefontaine.


Photo by Christine Grossman

VANDALIA — Butler High School welcomed back members of what many to believe is one of the best basketball teams to ever play at the school on Saturday.

The 1966-67 Aviators were honored at halftime when Butler hosted Bellefontaine in a 31-30 win.

Butler was a member of the Southwestern Buckeye League in those days, and the 66-67 team won the first SWBL title in school history. The team averaged 72.8 points and 19.1 rebounds per game, both school records at the time. The team scored 103 points against Northridge, also a school record.

Members of the team held a banquet prior to the game. During the halftime ceremony, they also remembered Ron Nickel, a member of the team and long-time coach in the Vandalia-Butler Schools who passed away last fall.

Members of the team included Co-Captains Gary Davis and Don Atherton, Eric Butterbaugh, Paul Gibson, Mike Dieker, Mike Seskevics, Jim Crouse, Tim Akers, Phil Warner, Harold Bradley, Rock Myers, and manager Bruce Haggard. The 1966-67 Aviators were coached by Jack Gill.

The 1966-67 Butler Aviators were honored at halftime of Saturday’s game versus Bellefontaine.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/01/web1_ReunionPhoto.jpgThe 1966-67 Butler Aviators were honored at halftime of Saturday’s game versus Bellefontaine. Photo by Christine Grossman

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

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