Throwback Thursday: State Basketball Champs

Heidi Harris

The Valley City boys basketball team in 1960 were state champions. Pictured are Dennis Grubb, Dennis Gillund, Donald Charnetzki, Leland Samson, Raymond Bernston, John Paulson, Harold Toring, Robert Ingstad, Stanley Amundson, Jerrold Busche, Howard Svenningsen and Lynn Holcomb.

The photograph came from a yearbook provided by Carol Umsted, a graduate of the class of 1960, which is having a reunion this weekend.

The yearbook says, "Climaxing the season with a ten-game winning stream, the Hi-Liners rolled to the Eastern Divisional Championship with a crushing victory over Grand Forks.

"Grand Forks was destined to feel the Blue-White might again. Confronted with new and varying offenses, the Hi-Liners overcame control ball and hot shooting quintets to win the state championship for Valley City after a fifteen year drought.

"Valley Citians gave their heroes a rousing welcome home. Over six hundred cars and a pep rally of nearly two thousand persons honored the deserving champions. Coach Dehne and his squad were the toast of the town and the state."

Some players on the championship team will be celebrating their 55th high school reunion this weekend, Umsted said.

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