Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bishop Gorman Memory: The Evening I Blocked Willie Hicks’ Dunk

The wife and I just arrived in Las Vegas. We are here because on Sunday, June 5, 2011, I will be giving the commencement address at my alma mater, Bishop Gorman High School (class of 1978). While going through some old scrapbooks in preparation for my address, I came across an article from the sports pages of the Las Vegas Review Journal. Dated January 28, 1978, it includes a brief account of my greatest moment of individual accomplishment as a member of Gorman’s varsity basketball team: I blocked—more accurately, pinned to the backboard—the dunk shot of Western High School’s star player, Willie Hicks. (Hicks was about 6'1". I am 5'10")

This morning I scanned the article, and post it here for your reading enjoyment. Just click it to enlarge.

(I say “individual accomplishment” because as a team we won the 1978 AAA State Basketball Championship. I was a reserve guard whose highest scoring game was 10 points against the lowly Basic High School Wolves)

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