Top moments of the Golden Era

  • March 19, 2012 - 12:28 PM

1 In 1963, guards Terry Porter and Whitey Johnson from Marshall and Mike Forrest and Dave Meisner from Cloquet put on a shooting exhibition in an all-time great title game. They combined for 36 field goals in Marshall’s 76-75 upset victory.

2 Minneapolis Roosevelt cleared its bench near the end of a victory over Mound in the 1961 Region 5 final. A Mound player recognized Warren Scamp from a DeMolay (Masonic youth) team. Turns out Scamp and a teammate had played in an out-of-season tournament. That got Roosevelt was tossed from the state tournament. Royalton and Mound, both Section 5 losers to the Teddies, flipped a coin. Royalton won to gain its lone state tourney berth.

3 The Panthers from tiny Lynd, pop. 218, gave the 1946 tournament a full dose of Cinderella. Newspaper tales told of them practicing in haylofts and chasing jackrabbits to build speed for their fast-break offense. Lynd made it to the finals before being overwhelmed 63-31 by tall, efficient Austin.

4 A then-record crowd of 18,894 jammed Williams Arena to watch Gilbert and Canby — from opposite state corners — play for the 1951 title. Canby surrounded Boots Simonovich, Gilbert’s 6-10 center, with a zone, so Tom Richardson tossed in 26 points to lead Gilbert to a 69-52 victory.

5 In a meeting of northern powers, Brainerd held off Bemidji 49-47 for the 1954 title. Rodney Skoog (kid brother to Gophers/Lakers standout Whitey) had 19. Seven championship-round games were decided by a total of 18 points.

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