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*Girls High School Basketball Greats*

(coming in 2019)

Looking at candidates for 32-team field

Plan: Run an all-time greats simulated

tournament for High School Football

and High School Basketball.

64-teams in each, with these criteria for


 (1) When the ball is ready for play,

 this team can compete and win

against the other participants in

the field.

(2) No "prep teams" are eligible. IMG

Academy (football), Oak Hill,

Montverde, Montrose Christian, 

(basketball), etc., are not part of the

selection process (*see below).

If teams from the 1960s or 1970s

are in the field, our belief is that

those teams can compete.

After that, due to time restrictions 

(job, family, etc) it is doubtful the site 

will continue with simulations.

*Would love to do a "prep" team

tournament for squads like:

1993 Oak Hill Academy

2009 Findlay Prep

1987 Flint Hill

...if there is interest

1985 Mercer Island (WA) Islanders (28-1)

(thank you to Coach Ed Pepple)

1985 MI Stats & (Games 24-29)

1985 MI (Games 1-11)

1985 MI (Games 12-23)

Hoosiers vs. The White Shadow

1952 Hickory (IN)


1980 Los Angeles Carver

Thank you to Rob Curry (via Bill Simmons "The Sports

 Guy") for this suggestion.

Big Warren Coolidge, Hayward, Thorpe and yes, Abner

 Goldstein battle Norman Dale's legendary Hickory team.

Expect a three-point barrage by a certain sharp-shooting

Hint: the website is not named after Ollie McClellan.

1952 Hickory (IN) vs. 1980 L.A. Carver
(click above for preview & results)

Michael vs. Kobe

1981 (NC) Laney vs. 1996 Lower Merion (PA)

(click above for results)


LeBron goes to School

Sunday Night Challenge

Dungy vs. Harrison

1972 Jackson (MI) Parkside


1990 Chicago Heights (IL) Marian Catholic

Sunday Night Challenge-1972 Parkside vs. 1990 Marian Catholic
(Click above for preview & results)

1990 Marian Catholic stats

Austin / Doc

1980 Maywood (IL) Proviso East  70
2011 Winter Park (FL)  66

1980 (IL) Proviso East vs. 2011 Winter Park (FL)
(click here for preview & box score)

Daily Independent article by Mark Maynard on 1996 UK vs. 2012 UK
(click above)

1996 Kentucky vs. 2012 Kentucky
(click above for preview and box score)

Boomer, BF & the Boys
(story by Jim Owen)



Broadcaster Challenge

1974 Mason (OH)


1995 Tustin (CA)

Why would a highly ranked squad from Orange County be playing a team from Ohio that's 21-years their elder?
Because Dan Patrick (known as Dan Pugh back in the day) from Mason and Tustin's Doug Gottlieb get to leave the studio to battle on the hardwood.

1974 Mason (OH) vs. 1995 Tustin (CA) BB
(click above for preview & results)


November 19, 1966.
Notre Dame (#1) battled Michigan State (#2) to a 10-10 tie, that left the sellout crowd in East Lansing and millions of television viewers pondering "now what?".
With no way to decide it on the football field, the chase for number one was left to the voters.

Now, we go back to that chilly, overcast afternoon in Michigan to decide it on the overtime...using
the current (2011) rules.

We do it to eliminate a championship decided by vote.
We do it for the fans who remember what may not have been a great game, but was certainly built up as "The Game of the Century".
And finally, we do it to give Irish coach Ara Parseghian a reprieve on his decision to "settle" for the tie.

As for undefeated Alabama, who finished 3rd in the final polls, your case for #1 may be addressed soon...stay tuned.

Notre Dame 25
Michigan State 19
in five overtimes!!

1966 ND vs. MSU - Overtime
(click above for story & box score)

1967 High School Basketball Crossword
(click above for printable page)

Crossword Answers

Acrophobia 1977
The remarkable story of one of America's greatest high school teams

By Mark Nale

Contact us 

Looking For...

My name is Dean Prator, creator of the website. I have
been searching for basketball footage of Raymond at any level (Verbum Dei, LA State, or in a summer pro-league game) to post on the website.
If anybody has or knows somebody who might have this, please contact me at

Players (current and former), coaches (current and former), fans and historians of Pennsylvania on the link below and contribute your input to the list of state champions!

PA State High School Football Champions

Sports Heritage Publications
(click link above)

Thanks to Tim Hudak

Using every available resource, Sports Heritage once again brings to life the tradition that is your school. Whether it is one particular sport or the whole program, we capture your school’s great sports history in an elegant coffee table book, one that features a complete and comprehensive compilation of the school’s athletic achievements.

   This site is dedicated to ahtletes who play for the love of sport. They're the ones who go to class and participate in school athletics without receiving a paycheck. The tournaments are not an endorsement of one team over another. They are a celebration of the team's accomplishments and hopefully will spark conversation and debate.
   With the Jimmy Chitwood name, don't be is more than just about Indiana High School Basketball. I plan on publishing numerous tournaments and info about past great High School and College teams. With that said, what sport's fan can forget the famous words..."Coach stays, I play. He goes, I go!"

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