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Updated: October 21, 2013 6:19AM
Remember the greats
Enjoyed reading award winning Post-Tribune sportswriter Mike Hutton’s recent article, “Jefferson Crosses the Line from East Chicago to Gary to take the Roosevelt job.”
Mike elaborates that Jefferson, an EC graduate, does not fit the normal norm since he isn’t a Roosevelt graduate.
He then lists past coaches where all but one was a ’velt graduate.
In his listing, we must list ‘the’ best, J.D. Smith, who pioneered athletics at Roosevelt — coaching all three major sports at one time, but the highlight of his career was taking the ’velt to the final game of the boy’s high school basketball tournament in 1955, losing to the Indianapolis Attucks, featuring the great Oscar Robertson 97-74.
Roosevelt did win two state championships — in 1968, with Bo Mallard as the coach and in 1991 with Ron Heflin as coach — but we must keep in mind they didn’t have to play Oscar.
Paul E. HookDeMotte