Win 'Em All - Little Laurel Wins Montana's Biggest Basketball Trophy

A piece of sports history from Montana - an undersized team from one of the state's smaller high schools goes undefeated and wins its first state basketball championship by beating a bigger team (enrollment and lineup) in overtime, witnessed by the biggest crowd for a basketball game in Treasure State history. A vivid description from a sportswriter who was there takes you back to a glorious time. More

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About Dennis Gaub

Author Dennis Gaub was born in and grew up in in Montana. He left to receive a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and began a newspaper reporting career that took him to Colorado, Wyoming and Michigan. He returned home and worked 20 years as a sportswriter and City Hall reporter for the Treasure State’s largest newspaper, the Billings Gazette. He changed careers and has worked in the software industry more than a decade. As a high school senior, working part-time for the Gazette, he helped cover the dramatic climax of the story described here. He, his wife, Carolyn, and their son, Julian, a college sophomore, live in Belgrade, Montana – 20 minutes from where the Laurel Locomotives won the 1969 championship in unforgettable fashion.

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