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Garfield Heights High School
Class of 1966
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THE 1965-1966 VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM
|Bottom Row: Ron Clark, Bill Sigmund, Bob Karaffa, Pete Geiser, Frank Remesch. Middle Row: Coach Andrew Knazek, Joe Zianno, Dewey Smith, Jack Syllaba, Terry Carroll, Dick Globokar, Ron Kalanish. Third Row: Jim Blanc, Ken Fligiel, Al Bokuski, Dan Ebenhack, Bob Ritley, Ken Scott. Missing: Jim Socha. (Note: Members of the Class of 1966 are shown in italics.)|
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Champions are often measured not by victories, but by character ...
Although undersized, the 1965-1966 Varsity Basketball Team showed courage and determination in spirit of adversity as it battled opponent after opponent to the very end of each game. For the second straight year, Dick Globokar was the leading scorer of the Greater Cleveland Conference, tallying 358 points for an average of 18.8 points per game. He was honored as the MVP of the varsity squad at the All-Sports Banquet. His trophy was donated by Al Siegel.
The varsity squad was a carefully-selected combination of experience and youth. Dick Globokar's sharpshooting offset the loss of Marvin Anderson, who graduated after starring for the Bulldog's during the 1964-1965 campaign. The trademark of the supporting cast of Seniors was ball control and defense. The performance of underclassmen, Jim Blanc, Ron Clark, and Jim Socha, gave the fans every reason to believe that the basketball program would soon bring a championship to Garfield Heights.
In only his second year as Head Coach, Andrew Knazek helped the varsity players build character through his leadership and understanding of the fundamentals of the game. Mr. Knazek came to Garfield Heights from Benedictine in 1951. For thirteen seasons, Mr. Knazek coached the junior varsity squad and assisted Carl McColloch, who headed the varsity. Mr. Knazek was given the varsity job when Don Wolfe, who replaced Mr. McColloch in 1963, suddenly left after only one season.
Mr. Knazek was a graduate of John Carroll University where he starred in baseball, basketball, and football. In addition to his roll in basketball, Mr. Knazek was an important member of the varsity football coaching staff. However, Mr. Knazek left the football program once he became the head coach of the varsity basketball squad. Chuck Broski, who graduated from Witchita State University, inherited Mr. Knazek's junior varsity role. Despite being new to the Garfield Heights sports scene, Mr. Broski brought a wealth of coaching experience to the basketball program.
A little bit of early history ...
The Garfield Heights High School varsity basketball teams played in the Cuyahoga County League until 1929, winning the league tournament in1928 and the county title during the following season.
Garfield Heights joined the Greater Cleveland Conference in the Fall of 1929 as a charter member along with Berea, John Hay, John Marshall, and Parma High Schools. After winning the title during the conference's inaugural season, Garfield Heights repeated as champions in 1931 and 1932.
The string of three consecutive championships ended the following season, when the Bulldog's finished second. Prior to the start of this season, James Ford Rhodes High School joined the conference, bringing the total membership to six high schools.
The Greater Cleveland Conference disbanded in 1937 as John Hay, John Marshall, and James Ford Rhodes High Schools became members of the Cleveland Senate. Garfield Heights joined the Eastern Greater Cleveland Conference with Bedford, Brush, Euclid Central, Euclid Shore, Maple Heights, and Mayfield High Schools. Berea and Parma High Schools played as independents for a number of years afterwards.
Garfield Heights continued to be the king of basketball by winning back to back titles from 1938-1940 and another title in 1944.
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