Lamke: Madness of March rekindles basketball memories


By Tony Lamke - The Ol’ Coach



Tony Lamke

Tony Lamke


It happens every year about this time. Basketball season ends in a flurry.

Tournaments all the way from grade school through the pros, and the pros play well into baseball season. I think some of the pro leagues will at some time play all year round.

I have never been a huge basketball fan, mainly due to the fact that at 5-8 tall it was not my game. I played a little reserve ball in high school but that was it.

I have never dunked a basketball and maybe that is why I think it should be banned. Maybe if the three-point shot was around when I was in school, which I think is the best thing that has happened to the game in my lifetime, I might have been a star. Well, maybe not a star, but I could have played the game.

I remember a high school church league I played in. A weird thing happened there. The team that won the league went 10-2. Our team had a 2-10 record. You guessed it … our two wins were their two losses.

And I had the only two double figure scoring games in my life time in those two wins. Most of my points would be three-point shots today. For some reason I could not miss, at least in those two games.

I only coached one basketball team in my coaching years and that was at Sabina Junior High School in 1959-60. We won the Clinton County championship. I had a youngster named Phil Snow who was one of Clinton Counties greatest players ever, with a very good team around him. Once I taught him to shoot the jump shot coaching was easy. And if you believe that I will tell you several other tall tales. I think he shot the jump shot in the cradle.

Although basketball was not my game, it has a huge fan following. It is hard to believe how the game has changed. It is so fast I find it hard to watch. Officials allow all kinds of violations due to the speed and roughness. I know there is coaching but the game reminds me of our old school yard games, who ever gets the ball last, win.

And so many good players.

Hope you had St. Peter’s over Kentucky and Purdue.

Tony Lamke
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By Tony Lamke

The Ol’ Coach

Tony Lamke is a former coach. He has researched the history of Clinton County sports and writes a periodic column for the News Journal. He can be reached at [email protected]

Tony Lamke is a former coach. He has researched the history of Clinton County sports and writes a periodic column for the News Journal. He can be reached at [email protected]