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  • BOONE: The Floyd Miller  era part one
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    There has been so much interest in the history of Linden basketball from Quinine Township that we are going to have to jump backwards from 1971 to the 1920s then to the late 40s. Keith Airey discovered a book written by Floyd Miller about his life in the town of Linden. Floyd was one of the pioneers of Linden basketball, playing in the days when there was a center jump after each basket, when basketballs had laces, and when nobody was allowed to coach during the game. Keith gleaned the material from Floyd’s books about basketball and wove them into the material that we see in the following columns. We are grateful to Floyd’s son, Jerry, for the pictures of his dad’s pioneer basketball days at Linden. Here are Floyd Miller’s memories of Linden basketball.
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  • BOONE: Linden Cheerleaders
    Monday, February 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Debbie Horney was a cheerleader throughout her high school years. She fondly remembers the last Montgomery County tourney and her senior year. She relates this in Coach Tom Speaker’s book. She writes:
    “All my memories of the ’71 Bulldogs are good ones. It was just a good time to be a kid. Since there wasn’t as many different sports offered back then, the County schools really took their basketball seriously. The parents and entire communities were so supportive. I am afraid that people underestimate how important that support really is.
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  • Monday, February 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    Tom Speaker and his 1971 Bulldogs won the last Montgomery County Tourney in 1971, prompting the coach to write a book memorializing the last tourney and Montgomery County basketball.
    In writing his book, Tom Speaker asked several former Bulldogs to write about what they remembered about Linden basketball. After reading the book, I selected one as being representative of the passion that was Linden Bulldog basketball. Here is Rodney Cowden’s account of “Basketball and being a Bulldog.” Rodney was a graduate in the class of 1970.
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  • The Last County Champs
    Monday, January 30, 2017 4:00 AM
    Tom Speaker and his 1971 Bulldogs won the last Montgomery County Tourney in 1971, prompting the coach to write a book memorializing the last tourney and Montgomery County basketball.
    In writing his book, Tom Speaker asked several former Bulldogs to write about what they remembered about Linden basketball. After reading the book, I selected one as being representative of the passion that was Linden Bulldog basketball. Here is Rodney Cowden’s account of “Basketball and being a Bulldog.” Rodney was a graduate in the class of 1970.
    “WOW…where do I start and how do I stop! I remember looking at pictures of my Dad in his high school jersey #10 in the classic shooting pose of the time and thinking how cool that was and then as a toddler going to what was probably an intramural game and seeing him play; that was IT, I was hooked.
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  • Other notable Linden Bulldogs
    Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Other Bulldog notables who are certainly worthy of mention are players led by Harlan Vail who played in more games than any other Bulldog. Harlan played in 84 games in his four-year career and scored 974 points ranking him 4th on the career list. 
    Fred Johnson scored 902 points in his three year 66 game career placing him 7th on that list and scored 350 points his senior year placing him 10th on the single season list.
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  • Daryl Warren Part 2
    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Here are some of Daryl Warren’s memories of Bulldog basketball:
    Well, it has been forty-five years ago but, the experience of playing for Linden High School (1968-1971) was incredible. 
    Growing up, I knew all of the great players that came before me like Vail, Waltz, Denhart, Johnson, German, Rice, to name a few. The “buzz” of the community during the winter would always include the local basketball team. By the time we reached high school, it really sank in as to how much the community and especially our parents, looked forward to each season with great excitement. Early in those years we had some struggles winning against some of the other county schools (Darlington in particular--they were very good) but never did it diminish our desire to compete. 
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  • Linden hoops history: Daryl Warren 1971
    Monday, January 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    Daryl Warren was the player that all young Bulldogs of the late 60s and early 70s wanted to be like. Daryl finished his four-year, 82 game career with 2,083 points for an average of 24.8 placing him at the top of Bulldog basketball scoring. He is the top single season point producer with 644 points his senior year for a 29.7 average, 592 his junior year for 29.5 average and 434 points his sophomore year for an average of 21.7. He averaged 16.3 his freshman year.
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  • Monday, January 02, 2017 7:09 PM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Randy Denhart
    Living on the farm was a very good character building process for all of us. We were all in 4-H and as our dad’s competitive attitude went so did we. He was very demanding that we work with our projects, then go outside and play ball. All of us were also in band from 4th grade through 12th. I think that is rare.
    Don’t let my brothers blow you smoke on how hard they worked, even though they did, because they had chickens, hogs and cattle, but remember I was the only kid left in the household to feed cows and clean barn until Dad passed away in 1972. I drove to the farm every morning to feed my 4-H calves before school and after practice.
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  •  Randy Denhart Part 2
    Saturday, December 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Randy Denhart—North Montgomery 1975
    I have a lot of respect for my brothers and the stories that I heard while I was growing up about them playing basketball, baseball and track. It was always fun to hear the stories. We spent many nights after basketball games at the Kopper Kettle waiting for the varsity players to return to the café. It was just crazy when they walked in. The community had much respect for them, and that started at home with Mom and Dad. 
    Dad always stressed for us to be aggressive when we played. If we didn’t, we heard about it when we got home. It didn’t matter if it was grade school, junior high or high school.
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  • BOONE:  Randy Denhart Part 1
    Monday, December 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Randy Denhart—North Montgomery 1975
    Well, since there was a 17 year age difference between Dick and me, I didn’t have any recollection of how Dick, Dean or Ron played. With that being said, I often felt like I was there because of the stories told by my family as well as our neighbors and friends. I did see, I think, all of Steve and Gary's games. It was cool to see them play together for a year and then watch Gary finish his career. I rode on several fan buses. Thanks go to Jack Warren who picked me up and dropped me off at the farm.
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  • Gary Denhart Part 3
    Monday, December 12, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
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  • Monday, December 05, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Gary Denhart Pt. 2
    A couple other great memories were always going to the Linden café, the Kopper Kettle, after a game for a cheeseburger and fries and a huge crowd being there to welcome us home. Thanks to either Jack Warren or Alvin Winger our bus rides to and from games were always safe.
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  • Gary Denhart Pt. 1
    Monday, November 28, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Gary Denhart Pt. 1
    My earliest recollections involve playing basketball, along with other sports, with my brothers on the farm two miles south of Linden. Due to the age span of the brothers, most of my memories involve Steve, Randy and Ron, to a limited extent. At one time, there were no less than six hoops in various spots on the farmstead, from gravel to dirt to concrete to the haymow! This doesn’t include any places in the house where we found a way to play, much to our mother’s chagrin! There was a slight problem, however, as we only had two basketballs at any one time that would hold air. So, there had to be “games” for all to participate.
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  • Ron Denhart
    Monday, November 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    Ron Denhart
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Ron Denhart
    Because we lived on a farm we had the opportunity to place basketball goals in various places including but not limited to the barn. In my case one of the first things I recall is since I was the youngest of the three oldest boys at the time, it was very difficult to compete. However, that disadvantage created a toughness that may not have been there without serious hard knocks by much larger and older brothers and neighbors who would visit our farm to play basketball. My younger brothers may have experienced a similar situation.
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  • Monday, November 07, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
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