Thursday, March 17, 2016
This is a photograph of the 1963 Michigan State Class C Basketball Final. It featured two teams from two opposite ends of the state, the Houghton Gremlins, the northernmost team in Class C, and the southernmost team in Class C. You guessed it, the Bisons of New Buffalo, Michigan. In honor of the NCAA tournament which begins today, this is Throwback Thursday.
It starts with the "Fighting Five", Glen Minkowski, Jerry Kissman, Jim Glossinger, George Gooch, and Jim Sosnouski, and ends in the Jennison Field House in Lansing, in front of a packed house of 12,213 including a reported twelve hundred strong in support of New Buffalo.
Despite starting the game down 17, the Bison chipped away as the game wore on. Down 12 with just under 6 minutes left in the game, the Bison started the comeback. The took the lead with a minute left, and manage to hang on eking out a 59-58 victory.
5,000 people lined the streets of New Buffalo and the surrounding communities to welcome home the Class C State Champion Bison. It was described as one of the wildest celebrations this community has ever seen.
Best of luck to all Bison athletes now and in the future. Not sure if we'll be able to have a parade 5,000 strong, but we'll try our best.