By Mark Jurgena
We continue our look back at the 1960-61 National Champs this week with their season opener.
December 2, 1960
Collinsville 71 Dupo 34
Collinsville had four players in double figures including 29 points from Bogie Redmon to blow out Dupo at home to begin the 1960-61 campaign.
The Kahoks raced to a 32-16 halftime advantage and led by 25 points after three quarters.
Fred Riddle added 13 while Ronnie Mottin had 12 markers. Bob Simpson totaled 10 points for the Kahoks.
However, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat the next day dedicated the first two paragraphs of their coverage to Collinsville’s George Doggett. Doggett was not a player or a coach, instead, he was known for his hobby, collecting data on Collinsville basketball.
Doggett had informed the Globe that the opening night victory margin of 37 points was the largest margin of victory for the Kahoks in a season opener ever. According to BallPress.com, that record would stand for two years until they beat Dupo by 38 to win their 1962-63 opener.
BallPress.com indicated the current record was set in 1972-73 when they beat Thornton Fractional North 104-42, a margin of 62 points, in Collinsville.
For his part, in 1988, Doggett was named to the IBCA Hall of Fame as a Friend of Basketball.