Weber State University Magazine Spring 2012 : Page 34

Non-profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE Permit No. 101 PAID Department of University Communications 4025 University Circle Ogden, UT 84408-4025 Liberty, MO T e a m H onor s The year: 1959. The event: the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game in Hutchinson, Kan. The teams: Weber College and Bethany Lutheran Junior College from Minnesota. The final score: 57-47 Weber College. The reaction: Sheer excitement. Fast forward 53 years. The event: the Weber State University Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony. The inductees: the entire 1959 Weber College men’s basketball team. The reaction: Sheer excitement, with twinges of nostalgia. Allen “Stretch” Holmes, the former 6-foot-3-inch stand-out forward, perhaps described the win and the team the best: “That game, well, I can’t remember a greater experience in my life. We were more than a team; we were a family. I recently told my son that to be a champion, you have to have teammates who enjoy each other, who are willing to share and willing to understand.” Stretch recalled one instance, in particular, where friendship helped him earn 40 points in a game. “I was close to 40. Gary Gardner had the ball from a breakaway. He got to the goal, stopped, and waited for me to get there so I could get the points to get me to 40. Now that’s friendship,” he said chuckling. The induction ceremony, which includes vintage video from the 1959 championship game, can be viewed by clicking the video icon. VIDEO

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The year: 1959. The event: the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game in Hutchinson, Kan. The teams: Weber College and Bethany Lutheran Junior College from Minnesota. The final score: 57-47 Weber College. The reaction: Sheer excitement. <br /> <br /> Fast forward 53 years. The event: the Weber State University Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony. The inductees: the entire 1959 Weber College men's basketball team. The reaction: Sheer excitement, with twinges of nostalgia. <br /> <br /> <b>Allen "Stretch" Holmes</b>, the former 6-foot-3-inch stand-out forward, perhaps described the win and the team the best: "That game, well, I can't remember a greater experience in my life. We were more than a team; we were a family. I recently told my son that to be a champion, you have to have teammates who enjoy each other, who are willing to share and willing to understand." <br /> <br /> Stretch recalled one instance, in particular, where friendship helped him earn 40 points in a game. "I was close to 40. <b>Gary Gardner</b> had the ball from a breakaway. He got to the goal, stopped, and waited for me to get there so I could get the points to get me to 40. Now that's friendship," he said chuckling.

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