THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mark 50th Anniversary Of Centrals State Title
The 50th anniversary of Marinette Catholic Central pulling off one of the biggest upsets in WISAA basketball history, will be marked on Friday, January 17 when the 1964 team reunites on the homecourt. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (STAA) M-O Conference basketball game against Crivitz.
During the 1964 WISAA tournament run, the Cavaliers were huge underdogs against perennial state power Appleton Xavier before stunning the state with that historic win. This was a classic David versus Goliath clash. And David won as the Cavaliers somehow prevailed.
After falling twice to Xavier during the regular season, coach Marty Crowe and his little rascals stunned the heavily favored Hawks 43-37 on March 1, 1964 in the state championship game to snap Xaviers 49 game winning streak. One of the key players on Xaviers team was Rocky Bleier, who went on to football fame as a running back at Notre Dame University and later the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.
Members of the Central championship team included Don Anderson, Bill Bomber, Fred Chernetski, Eugene Durocher, John Jacques, Mike Kehoe, Sam Komp, Steve LaCoursiere, Wayne LaLonde, Dick Meyers, Dan Noonan, Phil Peanosky, Jan Roland and Gene Wittau.
They won with their brains and heart - and I like that better than winning with height and speed because this kind of victory will stay with you always, stated coach Marty Crowe following the tournament.
LaCoursiere and Roland were named to the all-tournament team.
On their victorious ride home from Milwaukee, the Cavaliers were greeted by over 5,000 fans along the way, who escorted the team through Brown, Oconto and Marinette counties.