Larry made basketball history while playing for Savannah High School in the Ashland County League, and later at Ashland College. He played for Coach Bill Tegtmeier during the years Savannah dominated the county tournament by winning six straight titles. The quiet and unassuming 6”6” giant, a coachable and great team player, made All County first team two years, and All-Ohio his senior year in 1958. As a junior he averaged 21.2 points per game, and his senior year average jumped to 31.6 per encounter.
Larry went on to Ashland College and proceeded to make new marks in the Eagle record books, playing under Coach Bob Stokes. He set career records in most field goals, best scoring average, most total points, most rebounds, and single season scoring record. He made All-Mid-Ohio Conference 3 years, District 22 All-Stars of the NAIA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), NAIA 2 years All-American, and Converse All-American honorable mention in 1962, which first team selections included the fabulous Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek of Ohio State, and Zelmo Beatty of Prairie View A & M of Texas, the team that defeated Ashland in overtime in the finals of the NAIA tournament at Kansas City in 1962.
Larry’s college career showed 77% foul shooting and a 19.9 scoring average. He won a spot in the Ashland College Hall of Fame in the first year he became eligible.
He is now a teacher and coach at Crestview High School in Richland County.
Nominator: William Tegtmeier
Presenter: Bob Donelson