Stepping back in history

By Robbin Kiser

January 25, 2014

By Rob Kiser

Call Sports Editor


It was a step back in history Saturday morning at the Piqua Catholic North Street Campus.

Back to a time when Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the Beatles made their American invasion — and Piqua Catholic was a high school.

For those who don’t remember, it is the 50th anniversary of that magical basketball season when the Cavaliers advanced to the Final Four in Class A, the only Piqua team to ever do so.

The included Dave Bornhorst, Dick Caulfield, John DeBrosse, Val Decker, Jack Grau, Jim Hayes, Jim Holly, Mike Jacomet, Mike Koon, Mike Mayberry, Jerry Richards, John Stiefel,Tim Wallace and George Weadock.

So, after being honored at the Lehman boys basketball game, a number of the players and coach Bob Denari returned to their home floor for that season Saturday morning for a shoot-a-round.

“As soon as I walked in, all the memories started flooding back,” Denari said.. “I can still picture everything that happened that season. All the great moments. They were talented and a great group of guys I was fortunate enough to coach.

There are so many great memories from that season.”

Caulfield said the weekend couldn’t have turned out much better.

“I hadn’t been in here since high school. It looks so different,” Caulfield said. “All the memories came back. It (the weekend) has been nearly perfect. We had one guy (Mike Mayberry) who said he wasn’t going to be here and surprised us by flying in.”

Jacomet said his perspective on the gym was different back then.

“I probably hadn’t been in here in 40 years,” he said. “It is still the same. Of course, they have the new floor which looks great. But, the rest of it looks the same.

“This gym used to seem so big to me. I thought we played in front of some big crowds. And we did for the time, — but it was probably 350 people. And the bleachers were cement back then. This has just been a really nice thing.”

Hayes, who made the game-winning shot against Holy Angels to get Piqua in the postseason tournament, enjoyed meeting the Lehman team Friday night as well.

“We were in the old Holy Angels gym (at Lehman) where we used to play them,” Hayes said. “It was great getting to meet and talk to the players on Lehman’s team. They seem so much more athletic than I felt like we were. And they seem so mature for high school kids. I just hope they can have this same kind of great experience 50 years from now, getting together and sharing memories from this season.”

For those in attendance Saturday morning, the trip down memory lane was priceless.

Rob Kiser can be reached at 773-2721 Ext. 209 or on twitter@kizedawg