Letters to the Editor: Book a great read

To the Journal editor:

The Negaunee Miners high school basketball team in 1957 went into the districts with a 11-5 record. An average season to say the least but the team was inexperienced and lacked a big man.

Ishpeming, which had a good team, was their downfall. They lost to them twice — once in double overtime and the second in single overtime. The bright spots, beating Traverse City (A) who was undefeated, and beating Marquette (A) twice.

They got revenge against the Hematites in the districts and proceeded to beating Big Rapids, Lansing Resurrection. Then, on to winning the Class B State Championship against Harper Woods by 2 points.

Roland Koski took on a task to compile all the play by play action, box scores, action photos, team photos of the players including photos of the cheer leaders. This endeavor took almost one year. He had valuable help from Superintendent Dan Skewis and classmate Alan Nelson.

The book is entitled, “State Basketball Championship, 1957.” One must know Rollie “Foo” Koski to really appreciate his work. A referee and sports aficionado all his life, the man gets on a mission and you know the results will be masterful.

In 2013, he made a CD of his class reunion. This included pics, prophesies and a list of the deceased accompanied by music that will make the tears well up.

The book has a high gloss look with colored photos going back to the good ole days when the Lakeview Gym was in its infancy. Reading it took me back to my youth.

Full gym nightly, lines of fans freezing out towards Teal Lake all waiting till the gym opened. Once in, it took another half hour to warm your feet, remember this is February and March.

In conclusion, let me say, if you’re a basketball fan and want to be highly surprised and enlightened at the job Foo did on this professional book, get a copy at the Booster Club or the Negaunee High School for a $5 donation.

It is well worth it.

Sonny Guizzetti