1962-63 champions honored at state hoops tournament
Teammates reflect on season, careers
In a full-circle moment, the 1963-62 Newton basketball team returned to where it first found glory last weekend.
The team, coach Lewis "Buzz" Levick and Karen Oliver, sister of Cardinal senior standout Tom Altemeier, were honored on the 50th anniversary of the first of their two titles at the boys' state basketball tournament. It was an unprecedented period of the success for Newton, as the Cardinals went undefeated in 1963 before winning another title in 1964.
Members of the team went on to various successful careers in and outside the sports world. They are remembered fondly by teammates as follows:
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