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1960 G.C.H.S. teammates remember their state championship


The 1960 championship team, from left in the back row: Ken Hoke, Bill Trefry, Wayne Snyder, Bob Pachosa, Don Kurth, Coach Jim Savitz. In the front row: Ray Rice, Mark Rauch, Ben Flowers, Jim Green, Terry Mort.

"Welcome Home, Champs!" read the banner across Spokane Way as the team returned home. The Grand Coulee Tigers basketball team defeated the Ilwaco Fishermen for the 1960 Class B State Basketball Championship at the Spokane Coliseum, 56-54.

New coach that year was Jim Savitz, and team members were Don Kurth, Bob Pachosa, Wayne Snyder, Ken Hoke, Ben Flowers, Ray Rice, Terry Mort, Mark Rauch, Bill Trefry, and Jim Green.

"It was fantastic; there wasn't a soul left in town," Rice said recently about the championship. "We'd never even been to the state tournament before. We walked into the colis...

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