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Bob Marske



1944 Andover High School grad. The 6-8 Marske was one of the state's greatest prep players, but he never went on to college ball though he was highly recruited by many big-time colleges. He led Andover to its only state-tourney appearance in 1944, and set a Class B state tourney record by scoring 71 points in the three games. In the early 1950s at Onida, he led a team of South Dakotans to victory over a barnstorming team of Jim Pollard-led Minneapolis Lakers. He was one of the state's finest amateur basketball players. He was a leader in making amateur basketball a viable and important part of the state's sports curriculum. In 1948 the state amateur basketball association was formed, and Marske led Andover to five straight state titles (1950-54). He played on eight state title teams in 16 years. Was a 7th round draft of the Philadelphia Warriors in 1953, though he never played an NBA game.




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