A Century of Ashland Arrow Basketball
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The Early Years
1907 - 1918
NCO Years
1919-1944
Independent Era
1945-1959
Cardinal Conference
1960 - 1986
Ohio Heartland
1987 - 2002
OCC
2003 - 2016
     
 

Rivalries

The major rivalry in basketball has been with Mansfield High School. This competition has involved not only the most games (219) against any opponent, but, also, the some of the most disappointing defeats and some of the most exhilarating victories. Overall the Tygers hold a 145 to 74 edge on the Orange and Black, while thirty times the game has been decided by a single shot. Eight times the A’s have finished second behind them in league competition. Thirty-eight times the rivals have met in tournament games with the A’s winning nine contests, while 29 times the Red and White ended the Ashland season.

Appropriately Ashland basketball has had only one rivalry trophy, and it’s with Mansfield. It was the mostRed Lantern memorable souvenir the Red Lantern. Originally it gained a reputation for its endearing luck as a mascot, when it followed the 1932 AHS basketball team to the State Tournament. The lantern appeared at the Mansfield-Ashland District tournament game in Sandusky, and the A’s won a 13-point victory, which was the largest margin in six years against the “men of Murphy.” MHS coach Russell Murphy suggested at the next NCO league meeting that the two schools vie for its possession after each future football and basketball game.

The advent of the mascot seems to have come from a Highway department detour between Ashland and Mansfield. The alleged and suspected ringleader was the famous Ashland speedster Jim Jesson. The magical prize was the subject of many columns by T-G Sports Editor Bill McKee, who referred to the lantern as “the Jim Jesson” trophy. Nevertheless after Ashland victories the lucky lantern could be found hanging in the coach's office hallway leading to the McDowell auditorium/gymnasium.

The Red Lantern was involved in eight basketball games between 1932-36. The record was four victories for each side. The competition for the trophy ended January 3, 1936 after an Ashland victory 27-26 at Mansfield, when they failed to produce the lantern. Bill McKee called for a “writ of replevin,” and he reported the rumor that the laurel was swinging from a Mansfield flagpole with no ropes to pull it down.

The lasting appearance of the treasured warning signal was on the cover of the 1932-33-basketball dope book, which was published by the Hi-Y Club of AHS. Remnant copies are at Ashland High School and the Historical Society on Center Street. It, also, holds an honored place on the homepage of this website.

There are several other noteworthy facts concerning the opponents. The A’s longest winning streak was against Shelby with 23-consecutive wins. The streak ran from 1938 to the upset win in the 1954 Sectional game at Marion, when Ken Sidle fouled out against a trio of Shelby pivot men. The longest losing streak was 19-games over ten years against Mansfield Malabar, which came to an end in 1989. The Arrows had a 15-game sweep of Mansfield Madison between 1998-2004. Probably one of the most memorable streaks was the victory over Mansfield Senior in 2002 that ended their record of 49-straight OHC wins. Another memorable streak-snapper was the 1992 New London game at Kate’s gymnasium, when the A’s ended the Wildcats 32-game regular season winning streak. Incidentally one of the top scorers for New London was one Robbie Lavengood, the Arrows B-ball mentor.

     
All-Time Basketball Opponents
vs the Ashland Arrows 1907-2015
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Ashland College Teams 5 6 Lakewood 0 2
Ada 2 0 Lakewood St. Edwards 1 1
Akron Buchtel 0 1 Lancaster Reemlin 7 0
Akron Central 2 3 Lexington 27 43
Akron East 2 0 Lima Central 4 3
Akron Kenmore 4 0 Lima Central Catholic 0 1
Akron North 1 0 Lima Senior 1 6
Akron South 3 5 Lima Shawnee 1 0
Akron St Vincents 1 1 Lima South 0 1
Akron West 0 1 Lodi 2 0
Alumni 6 0 Lorain 6 3
Amherst Steele 3 1 Lorain Admiral King 1 4
Ashland 8th Grade 3 2 Loudonville 11 3
Ashland Futures 0 1 Louisville 0 1
Ashtabula Harbor 1 1 Lucas 2 0
Ashtabula Lakeside 1 0 Mansfield Madison 94 49
Barberton 1 2 Mansfield Malabar 26 26
Bellevue 26 8 Mansfield SATC 1 0
Bellville 1 0 Mansfield Senior 74 145
Berea 4 2 Mansfield St. Peters 1 4
Bluffton 1 0 Marion Harding 72 36
Bowling Green 1 0 Massillon Jackson 0 2
Bradenton Pendleton Fla 0 1 Massillon Washington 12 19
Brunswick 3 0 Medina  2 7
Bryan 1 0 Medina Buckeye 4 0
Bucyrus 35 15 Millersburg 6 0
Cambridge 1 1 Mt. Gilead 1 0
Canton Central Catholic 7 1 Mt. Vernon 43 37
Canton Lehman 1 1 Napoleon 1 0
Canton McKinley 1 1 New London 4 0
Canton South 2 2 New Philadelphia 31 27
Celina 1 1 Norwalk 27 13
Cincinnati Hughes  1 0 Oberlin 1 0
Clear Fork 28 15 Olentangy 0 2
Clearview 1 1 Ontario 3 1
Cleveland Central 2 2 Orrville 18 24
Cleveland East 1 0 Painesville 1 1
Cleveland East Tech 0 1 Perrysburg 0 1
Cleveland Glenville 1 0 Polk 3 0
Cleveland Heights 1 0 Port Clinton 11 1
Cleveland Holy Name 0 1 Ravenna 1 1
Cleveland JFK 1 0 Salem 1 1
Cleveland John Adams 2 1 Sandusky 26 29
Cleveland John Hay 1 1 Sandusky Perkins 5 2
Cleveland John Marshall 2 0 Savannah 1 0
Cleveland Lincoln 3 1 Shelby 60 20
Cleveland Rhodes 1 0 Springfield Township 0 1
Cleveland Shaw 1 4 Tiffin Calvert 1 0
Cleveland South 3 0 Tiffin Columbian 24 5
Cleveland St. Eds 4 0 Tiffin Junior Order 6 2
Cleveland St. Ignatius 2 0 Toledo Clay 1 0
Cleveland West 1 0 Toledo Desales 1 0
Cloverleaf 19 6 Toledo DeVilbiss 2 0
Clyde 5 0 Toledo Libbey 3 1
Colonel Crawford 2 0 Toledo Macomber 1 0
Columbus Aquinas 2 0 Toledo St. Johns 1 2
Columbus Central 2 0 Toledo Whitmer 1 1
Columbus Deaf & Dumb 1 0 Toledo Woodward 2 0
Columbus East 2 0 Troy Michigan 1 1
Columbus North 3 1 Uhrichsville 1 0
Columbus University 2 0 Uniontown Lake 0 1
Coshocton 22 24 Upper Sandusky 4 0
Crestline 5 2 Vermilion 10 1
Culver Military Institute 12 0 Wadsworth 3 1
Cuyahoga Falls 0 1 Washington Court House 3 1
Defiance 2 0 Wellington 6 1
Delaware 7 2 West Holmes 16 12
Detroit Country Day 1 1 West Salem 3 0
Dover 44 17 Westerville North 1 0
East Liverpool 4 5 Westerville South 1 2
Elgin 1 0 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 1 0
Elyria 15 24 Willard 8 8
Euclid 2 0   (Chicago Junction) 1 1
Findlay 1 5 Willoughby 2 1
Fostoria 4 0 Wooster 96 66
Fremont Ross 17 8 Wooster Triway 1 0
Galion 80 21 Wynford 1 5
Goodyear Industrial Univ. 0 1 YMCA Teams 4 1
Hilliard Davidson 3 11 Youngstown Rayen 0 1
Lafayette 1 0 Zanesville 2 2
           
         
All-Time 108 Years
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