Huron Cagers Aiming For ‘Cinderella’ Role
Wyandotte Team Poses First Regional Test
For Huron High's Ed Klum, perhaps you can go home again. “Home,” in this instance refers to the exaulted circle of contenders for a state Class A basketball championship.
Klum and the 10-9 Hurons will learn before the week is out whether or not they have a chance of turning into the Cinderella team of this year’s tourney.
And the first “moment of truth” comes tonight as Wyandotte Roosevelt, third place finisher in the Border Cities League and holder of a 12-5 regular season record meets the Green and Gold at 7 p.m.
Wyandotte, which picked up the Trenton district championship while Huron was defeating Milford and Howell to advance to the Regional as Howell district campion, has an outstanding center in 6-4 senior Bill Repp. He leads the Bears with an 18.7 points per game average while also hugging the boards for a dozen rebounds per game.
The Bears also have another top rebounder in 6-3 Bill Szczechowski who furnishes a jawbreaking job on defense along with his dozen caroms per outing.
Klum, who’s had his share of outstanding teams over the years, came the nearest to the prep basketball "brass ring” three years ago when he mentored the Pioneers to class A runnerup honors.
That year, the Pioneers, led by Eastern Michigan’s Earle Higgins and rebound standout Bill Fraumann, now on the Michigan squad, shared the Six-A title, and went on to a 19-4 record, rolling over such squads as Ypsilanti, East Lansing, and Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the process.
At least a couple of Klum's victims of three years back, unbeaten Ypsilanti and East Lansing, are in the thick of the battle this year.
Ypsilanti, which faces 4-14 Adrian at 8:45 tonight, also on the Bowen Field House court, is generally rated the top class A team in the state and stands squarely astride any possible Huron title path.
If Huron, and it’s one - two punch of Dave Strack and Pete Jamison, gets past the Bear trap tonight, it’s a foregone conclusion they will face Ypsilanti in the Regional Title battle at 8:45 p.m. Saturday.