Free Press All-State — 1960s

Spencer Haywood 

Pershing’s Spencer Haywood is pictured here in all his sartorial splendor as a Seattle Supersonic in 1974. Less than a decade prior he was a two-time Detroit Free Press first-team Class A All-State selection in 1966 and 1967. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer photo)

1969
Class A
First Team: Marvin “Corky” Taylor, Mumford; Cal Tatum, Muskegon; Ken Brady, Flint Central; Ernie Johnson, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills; Brian Breslin, East Lansing; Coach Art Tuls, Holland Christian
Second Team: Tom “Cookie” Marsh, Northern; Bob Rhodin, Ypsilanti; Mark Champagne, Saginaw Arthur Hill; Tom Kozelko, Traverse City (NBA); Leon Roberts, Portage Northern (MLB)
Third Team: Blake Ashdown, East Lansing; Dave Frost, Flint Northern; Lovell Holmes, Jackson; Doug MacKenzie, Warren Fitzgerald; John Sark, Detroit Austin
Fourth Team: Jeff Walker, Central; Brad VanPelt, Owosso (NFL); Sanders, Benton Harbor; Mike “Mike Rob” Robinson, Northeastern; Cole, Flint Beecher
Fifth Team: Roberson, Saginaw; Merchel, Hazel Park; Lewis, Ferndale; Cwyana, Grand Rapids West Catholic; Blair, East Lansing
Sixth Team: Tom Slade, Garden City West; Smith, Romulus; MacAloon, Birmingham Brother Rice; Ike, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills; Cieslak, Detroit Catholic Central
Class D
First Team: Jim Essian, Detroit St. Martin (MLB)
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Lindsay “Spider” Hairston, Kettering (NBA); Harris, Mumford; Carvin Melson, Murray-Wright; Lindell Reason, Murray-Wright; Jim Humes, Grosse Pointe South; Ulmer, Grosse Pointe; Joe DeLamielleure, Centerline St. Clement (NFL); Campanella “Campy” Russell, Pontiac Central (NBA).

1968
No all-state teams due to the Detroit newspapers’ strike.

1967
Class A
First Team: Spencer Haywood
, Pershing (NBA/ABA); Dan Fife, Clarkston; Ralph Houston, Muskegon Heights; Tim Bograkos, Flint Central; Mike Rafferty, Birmingham Groves; Coach Will Robinson, Pershing
Second Team: John Mayberry, Northwestern (MLB); Nick Ferri, Detroit Catholic Central; Paul Miller, Escanaba; Adrian Prince, Saginaw; Tom Thom, Saginaw Arthur Hill
Third Team: Ralph Simpson, Pershing (NBA/ABA); Paul Botts, Grand Rapids Central; Ike Blessitt, Hamtramck (MLB); Al Jagutis, Monroe; Tim Klein, Niles
Fourth Team: Bjerke, Redford Union; Bittner, Kearsley; Hall, Jackson Parkside; Tatum, Muskegon; VanderWall, Alpena
Fifth Team: Davis, Muskegon Heights; Curtis Jones, Northwestern; Morrison, Midland; Papak, Warren Cousino; Simmons, Kalamazoo
Sixth Team: Heard, Southwestern; Jones, Port Huron; Lamont King, Northwestern; O’Hara, East Detroit; Curtis, Lansing Everett
Class B
First Team: Kennedy McIntosh, South Haven (NBA)
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Matt Anderson, Southeastern; Hunter, Central; King, Cooley; Gary Lincoln, Henry Ford; Lindell Reason, Murray-Wright; Craig VanDam, Cody.

1966
Class A
First Team: Spencer Haywood
, Pershing (NBA/ABA); Earle “Sticks” Higgins, Ann Arbor (ABA); Rudy Tomjanovich, Hamtramck (NBA); Fred Carver, Kalamazoo; David Day, Muskegon Heights; Coach Fred Lee, East Detroit
Second Team: Ron Binge, East Detroit; Ellis Hull, Benton Harbor; John Parker, Detroit Austin; Frank Blake, Battle Creek; John Canine, Hazel Park
Third Team: Larry Moore, Mumford; Jesse Evans, Pontiac Central; Rick Pickering, Jackson Parkside; Harvey Marlatt, Alpena (NBA); Dave Fisher, Trenton
Fourth Team: Bloodworth, Ferndale; Riley, Saginaw; Peltz, Royal Oak Kimball; Jansen, East Lansing; Ted Hillary, Grand Rapids Catholic
Fifth Team: John Mayberry, Northwetesrn (MLB); Dan Fife, Clarkston; Rafferty, Birmingham Groves; Deigiudice, Dearborn Fordson; Myers, Ainsworth
Sixth Team: Carlisle, Grand Rapids Central; Johnson, Kalamazoo; Mazola, Schafer; Rossell, Clio; Ziem, Waterford
Class B
First Team:
 Kennedy McIntosh, South Haven (NBA)
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Fishman, Mumford; Session Harlan, Mackenzie; Jones, Northeastern (could this be Curtis with a typo?); Mike Kudlas, Cody; McCullough, Western; Robinson, Eastern; Arnold Stafford, Northern; Williams, Eastern; Czarnecki, Grosse Pointe High; Doug Hess, East Detroit; Miller, Grosse Pointe High; George Trapp, Highland Park (NBA).

1965
Class A

First Team: L.C. Bowen, Benton Harbor; Lee Lafayette, Grand Rapids South; Roy Hinton, Saginaw; Leroy Blassingame, Flint Northwestern; John Brisker, Hamtramck (NBA/ABA); Coach Roy Burkhart, Ferndale
Second Team: Hal Wilbur, Birmingham Seaholm; Al Brenner, Niles; Paul Albright, Marquette; Roger Hayward, Pontiac Northern; Lee Palmer, Ferndale
Third Team: Joe Neely, Northwestern; Bill Ford, Mt. Clemens; John Holms, Lansing Sexton; John Rudley, Benton Harbor; Ron Howle, Allen Park
Fourth Team: Trice, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills; Lindenmulder, Lakeview; Harvey Marlatt, Alpena (NBA); Bill Gardner, Cody; Dent, Flint Northern
Fifth Team: Smith, Pershing; Hutchinson, Trenton; Swartzfager, Detroit DeLaSalle; Gearty, Detroit Catholic Central; Arnold, Pontiac Central
Sixth Team: John Parker, Detroit Austin; Fred Smiley, Inkster; Peltz, KimballLockman, Traverse City; Howard Heard, Southwestern
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Willie Edwards, Northeastern; Willie “Spider” Griffin, Northeastern (Harlem Globetrotters); Smith, Pershing; Niemer Hamood, Detroit Fordson; Bridges, Highland Park; Rudy Tomjanovich, Hamtramck (NBA).

1964
Class A
First Team:
Lee Lafayette, Grand Rapids South; L.C. Bowen, Benton Harbor; Bruce Rodwan, Ferndale; Steve Rymal, Adrian; Ralph Brisker, Hamtramck; Coach Clayton Kowalk, Lansing Sexton
Second Team: Jim Pitts, Northwestern; Cliff Foster, Lansing Sexton; Larry Hammock, Muskegon Heights; Bruce Forstrom, Marquette; Ray Parks, Flint Southwestern
Third Team: Bill Tally, Northern; Art Gelow, Saginaw Arthur Hill; John Holms, Lansing Sexton; Mel Summers, Flint Central; Bruce Nyberg, Birmingham
Fourth Team: Dillon, Sturgis; Hayward, Pontiac Northern; Willie “Stick” Iverson, Pershing (ABA); Salci, Warren; Drinkhahn, Monroe
Fifth Team: DeWalt, Pontiac Central; Patton, Saginaw; Geistler, Redford; Ford, Mt. Clemens; Hopson, Muskegon
Sixth Team: Brenner, Niles; Craven, Clarkston; Harris, East Lansing; Noyes, Lake Shore; Bolin, Livonia Bentley
Class C
First Team:
 Jim Bigham, Grosse Pointe St. Paul
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Willie “Spider” Griffin, Northeastern (Harlem Globetrotters); Pardee, Redford; John Brisker, Hamtramck (NBA/ABA); Calihan, U-D High; Al Hairston, Mt. Clemens (NBA); Harvey Marlatt, Alpena (NBA); Tom Paciorek, Hamtramck St. Ladislaus (MLB).

1963
Class A
First Team:
 Alex McNutt, Benton Harbor; Lovell Humes, Saginaw; Craig Dill, capt. Saginaw Arthur Hill (ABA); Gary Spade, Grosse Pointe High; Cliff “Chain” Williams, Southwestern (NBA)
Second Team: Howard French, Alpena; Jim Hornberger, East Lansing; Chuck Ingram, Port Huron; Al Andrews, Benton Harbor; Sam Mims, Highland Park
Third Team: Charles Byrd, Inkster Robichaud; Homer Scarborough, Lansing Sexton; Carrol Wachter, Marquette; Fred Brown, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills; Dennis Rogers, Redford
Fourth Team: Nelson, Adrian; Wilhite, Bay City Handy; Henry, Pontiac Central; Kent, Livonia Bentley; Sam Williams, Northern (NBA)
Fifth Team: Almonroeder, Escanaba; Hayward, Pontiac Northern; Pine, Detroit Austin; Dick Smith, Pershing; Smith, Ecorse
Sixth Team: McNeal, Ferndale; LePla, Redford Union; Dersey, Monroe; Quaimann, Troy; Shaler Halimon, Romulus (NBA/ABA)
Class B
First Team:
 Willie Betts, capt., River Rouge; Third Team: Paul Fink, Detroit St. Anthony
Class C
First Team:
 Dennis “Banks” Bankey, Detroit St. Thomas; Second Team: Bob Martin, Grosse Pointe St. Paul
Class D
Perrin, Grosse Pointe University School
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Tom Andren, Denby; Ralph Brisker, Hamtramck; Bigham, Grosse Pointe St. Paul; Mel “Baby” Daniels, Pershing (NBA/ABA); Tim Flowers, Northwestern; Hartwick, Grosse Pointe University School; Bob Kemp, Southeastern; Marc Lonesk, Grosse Pointe High; Tom Paciorek, Hamtramck St. Ladislaus, Ted Sizemore, Pershing (MLB).

1962
Class A
First Team: Stan Washington
, Northwestern; Ernie Thompson, Saginaw; Oliver Darden, Western (ABA); John Truitt, East Lansing; Sam Moore, Muskegon; Coach Larry Laeding, Saginaw
Second Team: Bill Yearby, Eastern (AFL); Bill Curtis, Grand Rapids South; Pat Hourigan, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Al McNutt, Benton Harbor; Jim Yuille, Flint Southwestern
Third Team: John Rowser, Eastern (NFL); Joe Hamood, Dearborn Fordson (ABA); Brian Best, Saginaw; Lou Perry, East Detroit; Rod Marlatt, Alpena
Fourth Team: Johnston, Wayne; Hornberger, East Lansing; Harden, Highland Park; Chilton, Royal Oak Kimball; Steve Gossard, Redford
Fifth Team: Sanders, Muskegon Heights; Jerry Pettway, Northern (ABA); Law, Detroit Catholic Central; Grams, Grand Rapids Creston; Ingram, Port Huron
Sixth Team: Matulewicz, Detroit DeLaSalle; Henry Akin, Troy (NBA); Simpson, Grand Rapids Central; Ransom, Pontiac; Olsen, Rochester
Class B
First Team:
Ken Wilburn, River Rouge (NBA/ABA); Second Team: John Paciorek, Hamtramck St. Ladislaus (MLB)
Class C
First Team:
Gary Schick, Grosse Pointe St. Paul; Third Team: Dennis “Banks” Bankey, Detroit St. Thomas
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Jim Buzewski, Cody; Leroy Haywood, Northeastern; Kramer, U-D High; Ted Sizemore, Pershing (MLB); Stinson, Cass Tech; Cliff “Chain” Williams, Southwestern; Pete Gent, Bangor (NFL); George Peeples, Ecorse (ABA); Spade, Grosse Pointe High.

1961
Class A
First Team: Reggie Harding
, Eastern (NBA/ABA); Bob Thompkins, Jackson; Larry Tregoning, Ferndale; Jerry Tillman, Saginaw; Bill Downs, Detroit Catholic Central; Coach Lofton Greene, River Rouge
Second Team: Bill Curtis, Grand Rapids South; Larry Carpernter, Northwestern; Sam Moore, Muskegon; Bobby Joe Hill, Highland Park; Brian Ferguson, Lansing Sexton
Third Team: Marvin Mitchell, Chadsey; Ernie Thompson, Saginaw; John Sluka, Grand Haven; Duane Soine, Roseville; George Fed, Pontiac Central
Fourth Team: Dickerson, Flint Central; Marcus Sanders, Pershing; Veenendaal, Grosse Pointe High; Davis, Lansing Sexton; Erickson, Midland
Fifth Team: Schiender, St. Joseph; Johnson, Lansing Everett; Calkins, Saginaw Arthur Hill; Donaldson, Lincoln Park; Snyder, Niles
Sixth Team: Briedinger, Owosso; Fedynik, Pontiac Northern; Fisher, Escanaba; Henderson, East Lansing; Leigh, Melvindale
Class B
Fourth Team: John Paciorek, Hamtramck St. Ladislaus (MLB).

1960
Class A
First Team: Reggie Harding
, Eastern (NBA/ABA); Fred Thomann, Taylor Center; Doug Herner, Lansing Sexton; Doug Miller, East Lansing; Harold McPherson, Muskegon Heights
Second Team: Maurice McHartley, Central (ABA); Phil Rabaja, Pontiac Central; Jim Ashford, Hamtramck; John Meadows, Royal Oak Dondero; Ron Maat, Holland
Third Team: Dave Tingler, Saginaw Arthur Hill; Larry Edwards, Grand Rapids Central; Jim Glennie, Alpena; Dennis Stinson, Ferndale; Longworth Mapp, Highland Park
Fourth Team: Nichols, Muskegon; Peller Phillips, Northwestern; Halstead, Henry Ford; Baker, Kalamazoo; Fitzgerald, Detroit Austin
Fifth Team: Ferguson, Sexton; Downs, Detroit Catholic Central; Ernie Thompson, Saginaw; Bob Tompkins, Jackson; Dase, St. Joseph
Sixth Team: Barr, Port Huron; Carmichael, Bentley; Erickson, Midland; Hardwick, Inkster Roosevelt; Summers, Flint Northern
Honorable Mention (All Classes): Larry Carpenter, Northwestern; Garza, Hamtramck; Bobby Joe Hill, Highland Park; Henry Lewis, Northeastern; John Nance, Cody; Ed Richardson, Wilbur Wright; Ron Richardson, Southwestern; Marcus Sanders, Pershing; Schram, Veendenadaal, Grosse Pointe; Dennis “Banks” Bankey, Detroit St. Thomas.

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