The public school system began in Waveland in the late 1880s, probably 1888.  As was the case in several of the larger towns in the County, Waveland had some private educational institutions, most notably the Waveland Presbyterian Academy.  They were playing organized sports as early as 1901 as they were fielding a football team. They were also playing baseball in the early 1900s. The earliest basketball team that I can find a picture of is the 1914-15 team.

The Waveland Hornets won six sectional tournaments and four County crowns. There were many outstanding players from Waveland including Charlie Arvin, Bob Gooding, Lowell Harbison and Don Priebe from the 40’s, John Miles, Richard “Red” Smith, Bill Wheeler, Keith Greve  and Bob Harbison from the 50’s, and Herschel Tague, Don Evans, and Mike Mitchell from the 60’s. Mike Mitchell ended up with 1473 career points placing him second to Bill Greve with 1777 points. The Hornets boasted six players who scored over 1,000 points in their careers. Bill Greve and Mike Mitchell were followed by Bill Wheeler with 1065 points, Keith Greve with 1048 points, Herschel Tague with 1035 points, and Phil Myers with 1014 points.
Two other Hornets who played with Harbison and were outstanding were Daryel Newell and Bill Wheeler.  Newell was a classmate of Bob Harbison graduating in 1953.  He played on five championship teams as the Hornets won the County and sectional in 1951, the sectional in 1952 and the County and sectional in 1953.  Bill Wheeler was only 5’11” tall but he had the smoothest moves in the pivot of anyone I ever saw or played against.  He was a deadly scorer from 15 feet on in.  Wheeler played on four championship teams as he was prominent on the 1951 and 1952 County champs and the 1951 and 1952 sectional champs.  He ended up third on the career scoring list with 1065 points.  He is seventh on the single season list with 481 points in his junior year and had a high game of 33 points against Crawfordsville in his senior season.