The 1974-75 Panthers
were the first Chatham high school team to win a
provincial (OFSAA) championship in any sport.
At OFSAA "AA" in Timmins they went undefeated in
five games and beat Woodstock College Ave. Secondary School
65-45 in the title game. The team had earlier defeated
Windsor W. D. Lowe S. S. 86-72 to become the first Chatham
school to defeat a Windsor school for the senior boys
SWOSSAA basketball championship.
In 1973 the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic
Association expanded to three divisions (AAA, AA, A) from
the existing two. In 1974-75 McGregor, a "AA"
school competed well against "AAA" teams. Windsor
Lowe, a "AAA" school who lost to McGregor by 14
points, lost by only 1 point to the eventual champions in
the OFSAA "AAA" tournament. McGregor also defeated
Tillsonburg Glendale who was third at OFSAA "AAA".
In all, the Panthers, coached by Larry Lahey, went
through their regular season and playoffs undefeated,
winning their last 17 games to finish the year with a 33-8
record. After high school, six of the ten players went on to
play on college or university basketball teams.