As with any team, and often a championship one, the roster is made up of individuals that come together from backgrounds both similar and distant.
This was a time of the first multiple divisions and teams from Fairbanks, Anchorage and Prince Rupert were invited to attend.
“We were in the top bracket,” team member Bud Ivey said. “In those days there was still really good competition from outside Southeast as well as the local talent.”
Here is a very brief description of the 1964 Sitka ANB Gold Medal Basketball team members.
Charles Moses - Played for Mt. Edgecumbe High School at one time. Other than Moses Johnson, Charlie Moses was the considered the best outside shooter in Southeast.
Herb Didrickson - Was the outstanding player in Southeast Alaska at this time as he was in his prime and is now a newly elected member of the Alaska Sports Hall Of Fame.
Roger Lang - Was the ANB representative for the team and not a player at that time. He had played on earlier ANB teams with Didrickson and Johnson that were tough teams to beat.
Pat Ness - Was one of the best rebounders on the team and in most tournaments.
Paul White - Many believed White should have been the Most Valuable Player of that Gold Medal Tournament; instead the award went to 6-foot-nine semi-pro player Billy Joe Price from the Prince Rupert team. White played the best ball, consistently, of any one on the team.
Coach Sam Martin - A great player in his own right, he was one of the youngest coaches to keep control of so many good city league ball players.
Frank O. Williams - Was a key sub and although he did not play a lot he was among the best liked team members.
Julian Porter - Was another key sub that was well liked as a teammate and supported the team even though not playing a lot.
Willie Joseph - Was on the 1953 Sitka High School team that put down the groundwork for the next few years of talented Wolves’ teams. Was one of the quarterbacks of this team.
Edwin Mercer - A good all around ball player out of Hoonah. Played on a Mt. Edgecumbe High School team that challenged for the state championship against Fairbanks.
Secretary of State Hugh Wade - Was a huge basketball fan and one of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament’s biggest supporters.
Gerry Helland - A good steady local-boy ball player from Sitka.
Chuck Marsh - Was an ex football player out of Oregon State University who had played in the Rose Bowl and was a great athlete.
Bud Ivey - Graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 1955 and played at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He coached at Sitka High School from 1965-68 and then went to graduate school (Itchy Hansen took his place then, coming over from Petersburg). Ivey retired from the Juneau School District.
Gerald Gray - From Hoonah, he was another good all-around ball player who graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School.
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