Of the many Logansport stories I have covered over the years, one of the most enjoyable was a special evening back in 1984.
I think of that particular story this week because St. Patrick’s Day will mark the 80th anniversary of that team’s crowning championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The final score, 26-19, is remembered on a scoreboard that hangs on a wall at Amelio’s at Fifth and Erie.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Logansport’s only state championship team, the LHS Berry Bowl was filled for a regular season game with Plymouth. The honored guests in attendance that night were the surviving members of the 1934 state championship team.
Interviewing former players, researching the team’s success and talking to people who remembered what it was like when Logansport laid claim to basketball superiority in the old one-class basketball tourney was unforgettable.
I’ll not forget one of the starters, Ed Porter, who ran out on the Berry Bowl floor and high-fived his old teammates. Paul “Stoney” Stonerock, the lone male cheerleader from that season, eagerly slid in front of the team for an impromptu team picture after the players called for him to join them. They clapped as the LHS Band played “Our Director,” which was the music for the school song at the time.
Hudon “Hudy” Beaulieu, the Super Sub on the team and one of the few reserve players who played that season, had lost much of his ability to speak, but the look on his face was one of pure joy to be reunited with his teammates.
I recall chatting with starter Jean Smith’s wife, who related to me the career Smith had as a starter at Northwestern University and his work in upsetting a powerful Notre Dame team.