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View from the Sidelines


March 18, 2021

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THE BEST-EVER FINISH by a Thompson Falls basketball team at a state tournament was the second place trophy won by the 1953 Blue Hawks, who lost the State C title game 52-46 to the Belfry Bats. Those '53 Hawks were (front) Harold Johnson, David Haase, Bruce Hoy, LeRoy Wilkes and Jim Graham, and (back) Russell Watson, Jerry Ross, coach Steve Previs, David Pirker and Ormand Thomas. Jerry Luke and Richard Graham were not present for photo.

The 2020-2021 high school basketball season in Montana was unlike any before in the Big Sky Country. With social distancing and limited crowd sizes, many games this COVID-19 addled season were played in front of largely empty gyms, with little or no fan support, sometimes for either team.

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