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Banterra Bank sponsors inaugural “Throwback Night” February 3rd to honor two former high schools: Cave In Rock Eagles and Rosiclare Bears


Hardin County High School Basketball players Ethan Mitchell and Morgan Fricker modeling the Cave In Rock Eagles replica uniforms and Walker Bebout and Nate Massie modeling the Rosiclare Bears replica uniforms. These uniforms will be worn by the Cougars at the “Throwback” game Saturday, February 3.


Back side of the “Throwback” replica warm up jackets representing the Cave In Rock Eagles and the Rosiclare Bears.


Hardin County High School Basketball coaches have organized a special night of basketball to honor two former high school teams, the Cave In Rock Eagles and the Rosiclare Bears. The inaugural “Throwback Night” game is set for Saturday, February 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in Oxford Gymnasium at Hardin County K-12 School, against Johnston City.
Banterra Bank has generously sponsored the evening and cost of the replica uniforms pictured above. This year, the Junior Varsity Cougars will wear the Rosiclare jerseys and the Varsity Cougars will wear the Cave In Rock jerseys during the game. Each year the JV and Varsity will rotate the jerseys worn.
At halftime of the Varsity game, former Cave In Rock Eagles and Rosiclare Bears Basketball players will be asked to stand and be acknowledged for their participation as athletes on the former teams.
The coaches hope that this event will grow each year and that athletes from the former teams will come out, watch the games, and be a part of a great night of basketball.

About the school consolidation –
In fall of 1980, all Hardin County students attended the newly constructed Hardin County K-12 School on HWY 146 in rural Elizabethtown. The plans were in the works in 1977 when the schools consolidated (students still attended their regulars schools) and adopted the Cougars as their mascot.

Read the following excerpt from the August 18, 1977 Hardin County Independent:

Schools Open August 25
August 26 First Day for Student Attendance

Hardin County School will open Thursday, August 25 with Teachers’ Workshops.
Friday, August 26 will be the first day of the 1977-78 school season for the students to attend. They will be dismissed after about two hours that day. Kindergarten students will attend Monday, August 29 for the first time.
This will be the first school term for the Hardin County Community Unit School District No. 1 which was formed July 1, 1977 by the consolidation of the Cave-in-Rock and Rosiclare schools. Attendance Centers will remain the same as in the old school districts.
The name chosen, with the help of the students, for the new student body and athletic teams is Hardin County Cougars. Formerly, Cave teams were Eagles and Rosiclare teams were Bears.


Published in the February 1, 2024 issue of the Hardin County Independent.

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  1. Bob Winchester on February 1, 2024 at 9:43 pm

    I played 3 years varsity– graduated in 1963….Bill Piland was my coach. Great memories and a great bunch of teammates.

  2. Bob Winchester on February 1, 2024 at 9:49 pm

    I played B team freshman year and varsity sophomore, junior and senior year. I graduated in 1963. Best time in my early years—great teammates.

  3. Larry Edwards on February 2, 2024 at 1:22 pm

    I am a 1958 graduate of RCHS – lettered in varsity basketball and baseball. I played for Bill Piland (my cousin), the head coach. He coached RCHS from school years 1955-56 to 1962-63 or 1963-64 (he left teaching & coaching to go into the insurance business). I believe he was the most successful basketball coach at RCHS and, started the baseball program at RCHS in spring of 1956 (for no additional pay!). He coached some great, hotly contested games against Cave in Rock during those years – with respect for the Cave coach and players. Bill was a 1947 graduate of RCHS playing basketball. He was also known locally and in southern IL for his skills as a fast pitch softball pitcher and baseball player. His wife, Faye, who has passed, graduated from RCHS in 1964 and was a cheerleader. He is 94 years young and lives in Springfield, IL. You could have an interesting article of the newspaper about him. There are many players from that era that would attest to his coaching – about sports and life. Thank you. LE

  4. jaxson byrd on February 4, 2024 at 12:36 am

    was cool

  5. Larry Edwards on February 11, 2024 at 11:55 am

    A correction to my earlier comment as to Faye Yates Piland – she graduated from RCHS in 1954. LE

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