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Bill Bogard

2012 WSHF inductee



            Bill Bogard, a 1952 graduate of Sycamore High School, scored 1,143 points in his basketball career at Sycamore, becoming only second player in Wyandot County history to surpass the career mark of 1,000 points.
            He was the leading scorer in the Wyandot County League both his junior and senior seasons while leading his team to WCL championships in 1950, ’51 and ’52. Bogard averaged 20.3 points per game as a junior and 23.3 per game as a senior. Sycamore went 25-1, 17-7 and 24-4 in his final three seasons and he scored 36 points in a defeat of Wharton in the tournament championship game his senior year.
            He was the OHSAA state Class B high jump champion in his senior year with a jump of 6-1 3/8 and was the state runner-up the previous year. He got started in high jump after reading a book about it, given to him by his coach Bill Roberson. He won the WCL championship and was the state runner-up as a junior. As a senior, he won the title at the Mansfield Relays, clearing 6-3 3/4. He also qualified for state in the pole vault as a senior but decided not to compete in order to concentrate on the high jump.

            Bogard also served as the Sycamore baseball team’s catcher all four years in high school. He later excelled in fast-pitch softball.

            He currently resides in Sycamore with his wife Carolyn. They have three children, Brad, Terry and Brian. Bogard retired after 28 years at the General Electric plant in Tiffin.