Duluth Central's state champion basketball team poses with its trophy in study hall on March 27, 1961, two days after their big win in the state title game. Coach Jim Hastings (left) and Principal George Beck are on either side of the trophy in the front row. (News Tribune file photo)

Photos Of Duluth Central State Basketball Title Celebration, 1961

March 1961 This month marks the 51st anniversary of the 1961 Duluth Central boys basketball team winning the state title with a 51-50 victory over Bemidji in the Twin Cities. Here are a few photos from the News Tribune archives of the celebration upon the team’s return to Duluth; click on the photos for a…
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Duluth’s Don Ness: Player Before Mayor

As the Minnesota high school basketball season concludes, 2010 also marked the end of Duluth Central and its basketball team with the upcoming closing of the school. Duluth Central basketball player Don Ness (front) had a quiet moment on the bus next to the state tournament plaque the team received on their trip back to…
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Kevin McHale

Hibbing native Kevin McHale played basketball at all levels, including the University of Minnesota and in the NBA with the Boston Celtics during the 1980s and early 1990s. He later became a front office member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, including a stint as coach. Here are some notable encounters for McHale. Dave Nevanen/copy editor Bob…
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