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Men's Gymnastics (Apparatus)

Men's Gymnastics, also called Apparatus, is probably the sport that has led to more conference, district and state titles that all other sports combined.  Apparatus began during the 1922-1923 school year.  The last team was fielded during the 1975-1976 school year.  A lack of interest and Title IX caused the school and later the state to end men's gymnastics.  North was one of the last schools in the state to end gymnastics.


North was named conference champion or shared the championship 20 times! The first championship was in 1926-1927 season.  North added four in the 1940's, 1941-1942, 1942-1943, 1943-1944 and 1945-1946. North then went on an incredible run, winning the conference championship from 1950-1951 season to 1961-1962 season--12 straight years! North finished with four more conference championships  1967-1968 season to 1970-1971 season.

Nortrh won 20 state championships as well, and appeared in 25 state tournaments. North won championships every year beginning in 1941-1942 season through the 1948-1949 season.  They took one year off then won every year from the 1950-1951 season through the 1961-1962 season. They also made the state tournament in 1962-193, 1963-1964, 1968-1969, 1970-1971 and 1975-1976.

Numerous individuals have won state and conference honors.  Please see the individual year summaries for their names.

Only six individuals have coached the Polar Men's team.  The first coach was George Conklin (1923-1924 to 1933-1934); Floyd Valley (1934-1935); Lewis Burnett (1936-1937 season through 1965-1966 season); Bruce Johnson (1966-1967 season to 1970-1971 season); Larry Hartse (1972-1973) and Richard Kramer (1974-1975 season to 1975-1976 season). No information is know of who coached the team during the seasons not listed.