The sport of basketball has a long and winning tradition at Bexley. Over the years, the boys’ basketball program has won ten district championships and one state championship while the girls’ program has won six district championships. Starting with Carlton Smith in the 1920’s, the basketball teams have benefited from outstanding coaches including Gene Millard, Bill Hoyer, Pat Beveridge and Wade Brockwell. In recognition of his outstanding career as a basketball player and coach, Gene Millard was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. He will be joined in the Hall of Fame this year by the captain of the 1974 Bexley girls’ basketball team and former Ashland University women’ head basketball coach, Sue Ramsey.
The pride and tradition of the Bexley High School basketball program was recently celebrated at home games on January 11 and 13th.The girl’s game on January 11 honored all former players and former coaches. On hand for special recognition of the 1998-99 girl’s district championship team was team captain, Susan Buckham Stein. Team Captain, K.B. Sharp, who continues to play basketball in the EuroLeague, was represented by her mother, Sylvia and twin brother, Kory. Gene Millard, who was “called out of retirement” to coach the Bexley girls in 1998, guided them to a 19-1 record and the district title.
The January 13 boys’ basketball game honored all former boys’ players and coaches and celebrated the 35th anniversary of the 1983 boys state championship team. Nine members of the 1983 team including captains, Rich Gatterdam and Steve Willard, manager, Randy Katz and Coach, Gene Millard were recognized at half time. Current Lion basketball varsity team players and their Coach, Todd Phillips paid special tribute to the team, shaking hands with each former player and posing for a group photo. A Lion victory over Worthington Christian capped off a memorable evening.