Reliving the past
By Jarann Johnson
The year was 1988 and the sport was boys’ basketball. That was when Miners’ basketball players wore their shorts above their knees. It seems like ages ago that short-shorts ruled the court, but it was only 25 years ago that the Miners made an impressive run with many memorable and important games.
The Miners had a clear goal for the 1988-89 season – getting to state. The Miners had gotten close the year before but came up short in the Region 7 tournament semifinals, falling to Divide County – the team that would win the region tournament.
The Miners returned four starters from their Region 7 third place team – Mike Aanderud, Jon Schock, Mike Hein and Casey Fox. Aanderud was listed between three different heights ranging from 5’7” to 5’10”. Even though his height was questionable, the junior guard’s shooting ability wasn’t. He was expected to lead the Miners after averaging 19.5 points per game as a sophomore.
Schock was the Miners’ tallest player, standing 6’5”, and was expected to use his size to intimidate and regulate on the inside for the Miners. Joining Schock inside as a big man banger was the smaller 6’3” senior post Mike Hein.