Hubers and basketball/wrestling

Doyle Huber was on Union’s only Boys Basketball State Tournament championship team in 1953, but I didn’t see any of the action as the tourney was played in March and I wasn’t born until July 13 later that year.

My parents Ann and Orlando had just moved to Roosevelt on the same day as the championship game and my dad described Roosevelt as “a ghost town.” Everyone else except the Racheles and the Bellons (Steve and Ned Bellon had a cafe where my parents ate their first meal in Roosevelt – Sadly spaghetti wasn’t on the menu) were rooting for the Cougars in Provo at the Class B State Championship game.

After their tasty meal (no stuffed cabbage was at the cafe) my parents were greeted by a fire truck with sirens blasting their ears as the champions got a free ride back to Roosevelt. I have a picture of the scene and in the background my parents can be located. Dad was one of the best baseball players in Carbon County where he lived before he came to Roosevelt, and there is a guy wearing a cap in the photo. It could be someone else as my dad wasn’t the only one who had head gear to keep from getting beamed by a fast moving missile from someone’s bat.

When I became the sports editor at the Vernal Express I covered Doyle’s son Gary who was on the Uintah basketball team in the 1975-76 season that placed 3rd at the state meet that was held at BYU in Provo. I stayed at my Uncle Rudy and Aunt Donna’s house that wasn’t too far from BYU. Just to confuse everyone Uncle Rudy spelled his last name as Rackele while others used Rachele or Rachiele.

American Fork won the 1976 3A state crown. They beat Dixie in a second round three overtime game that featured future pro baseball star Bruce Hurst on the Dixie squad. I listened to the game on a tiny radio that I had at my uncle’s house. I don’t remember who the Cavemen beat in the title contest or any of their players.

Gary’s brother Kevin was a state wrestling champ from Uintah and went on to wrestle at Nevada Las Vegas. Gary was a basketball player at the College of Eastern Utah in Price. I went to a CEU game and his teammates thought I was his press agent as he was the only Golden Eagle who I interviewed.

Recently Gary Huber’s son Mark Huber played in the 4A state tournament championship game on the Bear River team that lost to SkyView 64-59 and had to settle for second place. Bear River led 36-34 at the half, but were outscored 30-23 in the second half. Ren Fonnesbeck led Bear River with 17 and Mark Huber had nine points. Sam Phipps was SkyView’s top scorer at 23. Mark Huber has started on the Bear River team since he was a freshman.

Butch Cassidy vs. Karl Malone

Recently I came across some photos of Butch Cassidy – the famous outlaw who was born in Circleville (a motel is named after him) that is located in Southern Utah and Karl Malone – the best Utah Jazz player ever (he is tied with John Stockton for that honor).

I wonder which one is the most well known. There was a movie about the outlaw called: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, but nothing on the big screen about Karl Malone. It is no big deal as Michael Jordan who played for the Chicago Bulls doesn’t have a movie about him unless you count “Space Jam”. Shawn Bradley and Bugs Bunny, Porky the pig were in the movie, but not Karl Malone.

I bet Butch Cassidy never expected to have a movie about him. Malone would beat Butch Cassidy in a game of one-on-one if no pistols were allowed.

The Snake and the Cheerleader

I have a photo of cheerleader from Richfied by the name of Cassandra Betar that has Doc Bamberg’s pet boa constrictor snake around her neck. The cheerleaders were having a car wash and this guy and his snake showed up. The picture was taken by Sandy Phillips of the Richfield Reaper newspaper about 12 years ago. I wonder if Doc Bamberg had his car washed.

In 2007 Richfield took state in cheerleading competition with Betar on the team. I wonder if they brought the snake to the cheerleading event.

She was wearing glasses at the state meet

I noticed that January Murray was wearing glasses as a member of the Uintah River Lady Warriors who won a state championship at Fort Duchesne. They won their second crown in a row. She was surrounded by opposing players and in the next photo her glasses were starting to fall off and heading to the floor. In the team photo she had taped up her glasses.

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