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2008-2009

Farmland History and Records

Click on the linked record names to see the previous record holders.

Past Champions

Season
Tournament
Champion
Regular Season
Champion
2008-2009
Blair
Scribner-Snyder
2009-2010
North Bend
Scribner-S/North Bend
2010-2011
Oakland
2011-2012
Dodge/North Bend
2012-2013
Howells
    Southwest Div. Northeast Div.
2013-2014 Oakland Howells Oakland
2014-2015
WP Elk/Oakland Heights
2015-2016 Oakland Oakland/Howells
2016-2017 Howells Howells

Team Records - Regular Season

Best regular season record
8-0
7-0
Howells
Howells
2013
2017
Highest scoring average
87.5
West Point FE 2013
Best defensive average
60.3
Howells 2017
Highest victory margin
18.7
West Point FE 2013
Winning streak (inc. playoffs)
11
Howells 2012-2013

Team Records - Single game

Most points
112
WP Fighting Elk v. WP Cowtippers Jan. 20, 2013
Largest victory margin
54
WP Fighting Elk v. WP Cowtippers Jan. 20, 2013
Most points combined
205
Dodge 108, West Point Ducks 97 Feb. 8, 2015
Most overtimes
3
WP Cowtuppers vs. Pender Dec. 6, 2015

Individual Records

Scoring aveage - season
31.7
Scott Beck, Scribner-Snyder 2009
Points - single game
42
Scott Beck, Scribner-Snyder Jan. 18, 2009 v. Dodge

League History

All-time team records
team
years
regular
season
playoffs
all
pct.
Blair
1
4-2
2-0
6-2
.750
Howells
6
32-12
10-3
42-15
.736
Oakland Heights
7
37-15
10-2
47-17
.734
Scribner
2
8-2
1-2
9-4
.692
West Point FE
4
21-10
1-3
22-13
.629
Wisner
5
23-15
2-5
25-20
.556
North Bend
9
36-26
4-8
40-34
.540
Oakland Chup.
1
3-5
0-0
3-5
.375
West Point CT
7
18-34
4-3
22-37
.373
Dodge
9
25-36
0-7
25-43
.368
Pender
5
9-27
1-1
10-28
.263
West Pt. Ducks
2
4-12
0-0
4-12
.250
Bancroft
4
6-24
0-1
6-25
.194
Clarkson 1 0-7 0-0 0-7 .000
Current FBL teams in bold

The Farmland Basketball League formed in the fall of 2008, with four charter members: North Bend, Dodge, Scribner-Snyder and Blair. An initial meeting was held in Scribner to draw up the rules of the league. The league managers met again on Nov. 7, 2008, in North Bend to ratify the constitution that was drawn up by Nathan Arneal based on the previous meeting in Scribner. The constitution was approved and signed by Paul Poppe of Scribner, Nathan Arneal of North Bend, Russ Meyer of Dodge and Luke Beerbohm of Blair.

That first season, Scribner-Snyder, led by league MVP Scott Beck, beat Blair in the final regular season game to claim the regular season title and the top seed in the 2009 tournament. Those same two teams met in the tournament finals, where this time Blair came out on top.

Blair dropped out shortly before the 2009-2010 season, and a replacement could not be found in time, so the remaining three teams played a round-robin season. North Bend and Scribner-Snyder split their regular season series, with each team beating the other team by three points on the opponent's home court. With the point differential being the same, a coin flip was used to decide that North Bend would host the championship game. In the rubber match, North Bend beat Scribner-Snyder to claim the second golden tractor.

Scribner-Snyder dropped out right before the 2010-2011 season, but three teams were added for the third season, with West Point, Oakland and Bancroft joining to expand the league to five teams. The schedule was expanded to an 8-game regular season with a four-team playoffs. After dropping an early game to West Point, Oakland steamrolled through its schedule to become the first team to win both the regular season and tournament championships outright in the same season.

Pender and Howells joined the Farmland for the 2011-2012 season, bringing the league up to seven teams. Dodge completed a worst-to-first run that year. After winning only one game in the previous three years, the Gamecocks compiled a 5-1 record to tie North Bend for the regular season title. However, both Dodge and North Bend were upset in the first round of the playoffs and No. 4 seed Howells and No. 3 West Point met in the championship game. Howells, who barely made the playoffs by winning a three-way tiebreaker for fourth place, became the first four seed in FBL history to win a playoff game, then they did it again by knocking off West Point in a championship thriller, 76-75.

For the 2012-2013 season, the Farmland grew to nine teams, with the addition of Wisner and a second West Point team, the West Point Fighting Elk. During the preseason meeting, team managers voted to make two significant changes to the Farmland constitution. Games went from 32 minutes (four 8-minute quarters) to 40 minutes (two 20 minute halves), and the playoff field was increased from four teams to six teams, with the top two seeds getting byes. Teams played an 8-game round-robin schedule. As for the season, Howells showed that its 2012 championship as the fourth seed wasn't a fluke by becoming the first Farmland team to navigate the regular season undefeated. The West Point Fighting Elk also provided some fireworks with their high scoring attack, scoring more than 80 points in all but one game and breaking the 100-point barrier twice. However, when playoffs rolled around, it was Oakland who stole the spotlight. Oakland avenged both its regular season losses by beating the Elk and Howells in the playoffs. In doing so, Oakland became the first Farmland team to win the championship for a second time.

West Point added a third team for the 2013-14 Farmland season, the Ducks, bringing the league to 10 teams. The FBL spit into two divisions for the first team, with Pender, Wisner, WP Elk, Bancroft and Oakland in the Northeast Division; and Dodge, Howells, WP Ducks, North Bend and WP Cowtippers in the Southwest Division. This is also the first year where every team did not play every other team in the regular season, as the league stuck with an eight-game schedule.

One of the better storylines of the 13-14 season was the emergence of Wisner, who after going 3-6 in its first season of play, put together a 6-2 regular season to tie for the best record in the league. However, the championship boiled down two familiar teams as Oakland and Howells met in the final for the second straight year. It was Howells’ third straight championship appearance, but it was Oakland who captured its third Golden Tractor in four seasons. The league also suffered one of its first controversies as Pender had to forfeit its first three games for using an ineligible player. After a couple of attempts to play games when enough players didn’t show up, Pender forfeited the remainder of its season.

The Farmland Basketball League was a nine teams for the 2014-2015 season, with Pender and Bancroft folding from the year before and the Oakland Chupacabras joining. The original Oakland team, now named the Oakland Heights, played its way to a 7-1 regular season, where it tied atop the standings with the West Point Fighting Elk. The 2015 playoffs were all about upsets, as the lower seeded team won all six five games. The West Point Elk, who had been one of the top teams in each of their FBL seasons, had yet to make it to the championship game. The top-seeded Elk were knocked off by No. 5 North Bend, who avenged a two-point loss from the regular season. Meanwhile, sixth-seeded Howells took down No. 2 Oakland Heights to qualify for its fourth straight FBL title game, which meant the two bottom seeds in the playoffs met for the championship in North Bend. Howells won its second golden tractor with a 62-58 win over North Bend. The only other time Howells won the championship, it was also the bottom seed, as a No. 4 seed in 2012.

Pender rejoined the Farmland for the 2015-2016 season. Meanwhile, the two multi-team towns contracted as the West Point Ducks and Oakland Chupacabras folded, leving the league with a total of eight teams. Pender got off to a great start, with a 4-1 record putting them atop the standings before losing a couple of games late. The '16 season was marked with parity and close games. The regular season champs, Oakland, had a victory margin of just 2.9 points. The last place team, West Point Fighting Elk, lost games by an average of 5.2 points. In the end, it was a couple of familiar faces atop the league, as Oakland and Howells tied for the best record in the regular season at 5-2. In stark contrast with the 2015 playoffs, when the lower seed won every game, the 2016 playoffs were all chalk, with the higher seed winning every game. That left Howells and Oakland, two teams that have split the previous five titles, in the championship game. It would be the third time in four years those two teams played in the final. Oakland got off to a big lead early, but Howells fought back to tie the game late before the Heights won the game 68-60.

The Clarkson T-Bones joined the Farmland in 2016-2017, while the West Point Fighting Elk folded. That gave the league eight teams and one team per town. Howells established itself as one of the deepest and best teams in Farmland history with the second perfect regular season in FBL history and a spot atop the standings two games in front of the regular season runner-up, Wisner. Howells then completed its perfect season by capturing the tournament championship and becoming the first team in league history to go undefeated for an entire season, finishing 9-0 after the playoffs. Howells beat the West Point Cowtippers in the championship game after upseting its way into the final as the No. 6 seed.