Steamboat's 1970-71 state champs being honored

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— Though the Steamboat boys have battled through the postseason with great accomplishments this season, their most successful predecessors, the 1970-71 state championship team, will be honored during the halftime of the Class 3A state finals Saturday.

Steamboat's championship team, which defeated Highland for the Class 2A state title 30 years ago, will be recognized in front of a crowd at Air Force Academy, during the intermission of the boys' championship game that starts at 7:45 p.m.

At least nine of the former players are expected to attend the ceremony.

Bob Harris, who led Steamboat to its 71-68 state-title win over Highland, says he anticipates meeting with his former players.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Harris, who coached the boys basketball team from the 1967-68 season through the 1974-75 season.

"Some of those kids I haven't seen since they graduated from high school."

The group of old-school ballers plan to get together with their coach before the game and relive the glory days.

The Sailors won the state championship one year before Larry Bird began his prep basketball career at Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Ind.

Against Highland, Steamboat's Chris Kearns scored 27 points and Dave Combs netted 24 points.

Other members of the state-championship squad included Bere Neas, Randy Green, Trent Dietrich, Tim Powell, Bill Barrett, Randy Wood, Gary Luasten, Pat Simillion, Kevin Kelly, Victor Gocken, Jim Whiteman, Dave Bristol and student manager Jody Marshall. Steamboat's assistant coach was Don Grant.

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