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Photos: Glory days: 1955 basketball team remembered at CHS halftime

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Special Recognition: The 1955 Chesterton High School Sectional Championship Team, Junior Varsity, cheerleaders, managers and coaches where honored on Friday evening at halftime of the boys Varsity basketball game. Pictured, back row, Bob Dunbar, son of former principal Elmer Dunbar was recognized along with Bob’s wife Becky, both of Chesterton. Front row, Marian Edquist, wife of coach Evar Edquist, resides in LaPorte, and Ray Edman, assistant coach, resides in Solana, California. This outstanding team had several great accomplishments. They were undefeated during the regular season winning 24 games. This feat was accomplished by playing all their basketball games away which meant they never had a home court advantage. The weekend was filled with many enjoyable gatherings. (Tribune photo by Dana Gilbertson)


CHS 50th Basketball Reunion: The 1955 Chesterton High School Sectional Championship Team, Junior Varsity, cheerleaders, managers and coaches where honored on Friday evening at halftime of the boys Varsity basketball game. Pictured, front row, left to right, Merilyn Meyers Newman, Hackensack, Minn; Anita Bush Shepherd, Marion, Ind.; Bob Jones, Chesterton, Marian Edquist, LaPorte; Ray Edman, Solana, California. Middle row, John Ferrell, Valparaiso, Mickey Koritz Tilden, Windsor, Wis; Bob Wozniak, West Lafayette; Bob Westergren, New Buffalo, Mich.; Bill Blake, Galatin, Tenn.; Carol Lindquist, Chesterton; Phyllis Hyde Sutherland, Portage; Fran Conklin representing deceased husband Bob, LaPorte. Back row Don Chaplin, Chesterton; Al Gaston, Chesterton; Denny Dille, Norland, Wash,; Tom Bush, Chesterton; Ron Wycoff, Canton, Mich.; Tom Lindquist, Chesterton; Warren Ormiston, Paris, Ill.

(Tribune photo by Dana Gilbertson)


A good crowd turned out Friday evening to celebrate the 1955 Chesterton High School Sectional Championship team.

Team members, Junior Varsity team members, cheerleaders, managers and coaches were honored during the half-time of the Chesterton vs. Portage varsity game.

This outstanding team had several accomplishments in their time. They were undefeated during the regular season, winning 24 games. This was accomplished while playing all their basketball games away; they never had a home court advantage.

Members of this elite group were asked to reflect on their fondest memories. The event represented Hoosier Hysteria at its finest.

A high level of camaraderie and school spirit was demonstrated throughout the school and community as the event was organized and during the celebration itself.

The accomplishment of this team 50 years ago led to the building of the present Chesterton Middle School gymnasium, besides the lasting effects on the lives of everyone involved as they pursued their lives with the leadership skills they had learned.

The team was led by the late Evar Edquist and Ray Edman, now of California, who attended the celebration.

Dr. Ray “Coach” Edman and his wife Ruby attended. Edman coached basketball, cross country and track at CHS. He is now a retired school superintendent and lives in Solana, California.

Bob and Becky Dunbar, represented Bob’s father Elmer Dunbar, who was principal of CHS in 1955.

Coach Edquist’s wife Marian and her sons Bert and Dan were in also attendance.

Senior members of the team in attendance included:

Center Bill Blake and his wife Nina, now of Galatin, Tennessee; Guard John Farrell and his wife Shirley, of Valparaiso; Guard Bob Jones and his wife Carolyn, of Chesterton and Forward Bob Westergren and wife Julie, of New Buffalo, Michigan.

Junior members in attendance included Don Chaplin and his wife Winnie, of Chesterton; Center Warren Ormiston and wife Judy, of Paris, Ill. and Guard Bob Wozniak and wife Cecelia, of West Lafayette.

Unable to attend Friday’s event were Forward Ron Mitchell, Avon Park, Florida and Forward Rod Lowry, of Thomasville, North Carolina.

Deceased members of the team are Guard Bruce Bassett, Chesterton; Forward David Coombs, Hobart and Guard Al Jensen, Plano, Texas.

Junior Varsity team members in attendance included:

Sophomores Forward Tom Bush, Chesterton; Forward Bob Conklin, deceased and represented by his wife Fran and family, of LaPorte; Forward Al Gaston and wife Marcia, Chesterton: Guard Eldie Parker, Chesterton.

Freshman members Guard Denny Dille, Nordland, Washington; Ron Wycoff, Wheeling, Illinois and Don Wycoff, Canton, Michigan.

Unable to attend were Guard Bob Hicks, Ogden Dunes and Guard Leonard Jersey, Palatine, Ill. and Forward Fred Mitchell and wife Patti. Mitchell, assistant CHS girls coach was in Portage where the team was competing.

Deceased members of the JV team are Guard Phil Arvin and Center Roy Ormiston.

Helping the team achieve their victories were cheerleaders and managers,

Varsity Cheerleaders in attendance were Anita Bush Shepherd, Marion, also the first CHS Prom Queen; Merilyn Meyers Newman and husband Ron, of Hackensack, Minnesota.

Junior Varsity Cheerleaders in attendance were Carol Anderson Lindquist and husband Tom, of Chesterton; Mickey Koritz Tilden and husband Ed, Windsor, Wisconsin; Phyllis Hyde Sutherland and husband Don, of Portage.

Unable to attend were Priscilla Bagby Bedenkop, of Scottsdale, Arizona; Martha DeHaven Carmel, New York City, New York and Kay Bergquist Erickson, of Allendale, Michigan.

Manager in attendance was Bruce Caswell and his wife Donna, of Montgomery, Texas.

Unable to attend were John Hoffman, Homosassa, Florida; Bill Jeffrey, Brooklyn, New York and John Kleberg, Westerville, Ohio.

The 1955 team members were congratulated by current CHS principal Jim Geotz and athletic director Garry Nallenweg.

Prior to the game, team members gathered and were dinner guests of the Basketball Boosters. Recognition shirts were provided by Blythe’s Sports Shop.

An informal reception, with cookies and beverages, was held in the CHS Fieldhouse afterwards for further reminiscing. Members of the public were encouraged to attend and ask questions of team members.


Posted 1/24/2005