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A Long Run in Short Shorts

A Long Run in Short Shorts

Esko has been a dominant force in Polar League basketball from the beginning, but never more than from 1948 through 1955 when the Eskomos won or shared seven of eight league championships. Their cumulative record during that time, including non-conference and tournament games, was 160-24. The 1952 team, 18-4, was Les Knuti’s last as basketball coach (he continued to coach football through the 1964 season) before he was succeeded by Coopen Johnson. Front row, from left:  Marvin Heikkinen, Dennis Juntunen, Don Pykkonen, Cal Bohren, Darrell Lassila and Jim Juntunen. Back row, from left: Dale Luokkala, Jim Manisto, Harold Hultberg, Coach Knuti, Richard Richardson, Allen Lennartson and captain Duane Davidson.  (Esko Historical Society photo)  

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