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Historical Sports: St. Anns, The Gang That Could Shoot Straight

Posted: October 25, 2012 - 12:09am
The boys basketball team of St. Anns circa 1951-52. Back Row, left-to-right: Jorey Rosenberger, Mike Wade, Gordie Guanzon, Fred Stevens, Sam Howard, coach Robert Thibodeau. Front Row: Joe Thibodeau, Joe Albayalde, Mike Sweeney, Jim Harmon, Frank Baxter.
The boys basketball team of St. Anns circa 1951-52. Back Row, left-to-right: Jorey Rosenberger, Mike Wade, Gordie Guanzon, Fred Stevens, Sam Howard, coach Robert Thibodeau. Front Row: Joe Thibodeau, Joe Albayalde, Mike Sweeney, Jim Harmon, Frank Baxter.

The boys basketball team of St. Anns circa 1951-52.

Back Row, left-to-right: Jorey Rosenberger, Mike Wade, Gordie Guanzon, Fred Stevens, Sam Howard, coach Robert Thibodeau. Front Row: Joe Thibodeau, Joe Albayalde, Mike Sweeney, Jim Harmon, Frank Baxter.

Youth attended St. Anns (located where Catholic Services now resides on 6th and Gold) through the 8th-grade and would play against teams from Harborview on Glacier Avenue or Capital School on Fifth Street, or the Fifth Street School. Players at St. Anns had an advantage when hosting other teams as the gym ceiling was unusually lower. The teams from St. Anns didn't need to arch their shots into the basket and could shoot anywhere after moving on.

"If you had any arch to your shot you hit the ceiling," one former opponent said. "And they had a good chance of beating us."

If you have any information on this photo or any other early sports in the area or other historical tidbits please call the Juneau Empire Sports Editor, Outdoors Editor, or Online Editor. See daily historical photos on page A2 and in Sports. For more historical photos go to Juneauempire.com. The Juneau Empire is celebrating a "Century of the Empire" and is encouraging readers to submit old photos, comments or information on the areas rich history. 

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