If you ever find yourself in central Sanborn County, and you feel the urge to shoot some hoops, rest assured that a sturdy cottonwood tree in the town of Forestburg is waiting. In 1950 a 10-year-old boy who loved basketball found a wooden bushel basket that had a metal rim. He nailed it to that tree near his home just a couple blocks northeast of the school. There he and his friends spent countless hours through the following years mastering their shooting skills.
Nearly 70 years have passed and that tree still stands and the rim is still attached, testimony about a simpler time. Read about life and about basketball in small-town South Dakota during the 50s in the upcoming 2019 Spring Newsletter that will be published soon by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Our free newsletter is produced twice yearly, in the spring and in the fall, with more than 1,100 readers from 34 different states on our mailing list. The 10th edition of the newsletter will be mailed in May. Among other interesting stories is a study of the different methods embraced by South Dakota and its neighboring states in crowning state champions. And a story about a proving ground where South Dakota’s best players once gathered to test one another.
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