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Hoops, memories, and championship for Arlington

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Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit. Team, team, team. No one more important than the other. Coach Normal Dale said that in the movie "Hoosiers" and these boys from Arlington believed it.

"For us that experienced it it's like the movie Hoosiers. Small town, a tiny town makes it to the big city and wins," said Paul Harmel.

45 years ago, these men were bonded by basketball. Their hard work, talent, and chemistry equated to a Class B state championship.

"That's a bond that doesn't just go away. And, winning a state championship is really special," said Rich Andrzejewski.

On this day, they've come together to share tales that have certainly gotten taller and memories that haven't faded.

"It's just fun to come back and remember a part of one's life that was so incredibly special. We're just so blessed that it happened," said Harmel.

Their faces have aged - a few more wrinkles, a couple extra pounds - but, the sparkle in their eyes is as bright as ever.

"There are guys that I haven't had a chance to see in forty years," said Andrzejewski. "A chance to get together to talk about the road that we took to win the big B is a lot of fun."

The 1968 season is one Arlington will never forget. 45 years later, this January day in 2013 is also one for the history books.


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