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A look back at South Kitsap’s 1950 boys basketball title

February 20th, 2013 at Wed, 20th, 2013 at 1:36 pm by chrischancellor

The News Tribune’s John McGrath caught up with John Lundberg to look back at South Kitsap’s 1950 state boys basketball championship. Similar to this season’s team, the 1950 squad entered the state tournament without great expectations for success. Despite that, the Wolves took Seattle’s Lincoln High School into overtime before winning 40-37 to claim its first — and only — state title at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

McGrath’s column features several notable points of interest, including the relatively small size of the high school at the time and the presence of Ed Pepple at Lincoln. Pepple went on to coach at Fife and Mark Morris before finishing a 42-season run at Mercer Island, where he retired in 2009 as the winningest high-school basketball coach in state history. McGrath also quoted legendary former Seattle Post-Intelligencer Royal Brougham’s account of the game: “The country cousins from Port Orchard took the city slickers for a hay ride. Never has a team with more heart ever won the state basketball tournament.”

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