Bishop Gorman Memory: The Evening I Blocked Willie Hicks’ Dunk

The wife and I just arrived in Las Vegas. We are here because on Sunday, June 5, 2011, I will be giving the commencement address at my alma mater, Bishop Gorman High School (class of 1978). While going through some old scrapbooks in preparation for my address, I came across an article from the sports pages of the Las Vegas Review Journal. Dated January 28, 1978, it includes a brief account of my greatest moment of individual accomplishment as a member of Gorman’s varsity basketball team: I blocked—more accurately, pinned to the backboard—the dunk shot of Western High School’s star player, Willie Hicks. (Hicks was about 6’1″. I am 5’10″)

This morning I scanned the article, and post it here for your reading enjoyment. Just click it to enlarge.

(I say “individual accomplishment” because as a team we won the 1978 AAA State Basketball Championship. I was a reserve guard whose highest scoring game was 10 points against the lowly Basic High School Wolves)

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  • Teri Love

    It’s fun to read about your basketball accomplishment. But my real delight in reading this comes from hearing that they asked you to give the commencement address! That’s great. Hope it went well.