M.E.I. Basketball - Ed Suderman -1961 - 1963

March 1971, 2nd page
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1st Team

Paul Buday Duke of Connaught 1949, 50, 51, 52
John Kootnekoff Mission 1952, 53, 54
John Olsen Prince Rupert 1960, 61, 62
Ed Suderman M E I  1961, 62, 63
Ron Thorsen     Prince George 1966, 67

2nd Team
3rd Team
Brent Watson, Magee    1960, 61 Darrell Lorimer, Victoria 1959
George Heidebrecht, M E I  1963, 64 Ken Winslade, Lester Pearson 1956
Bob Burrows, Oak Bay 1965 Dick Kennedy, Duke of Conn. 1946, 47
Neil Williscroft, Van College 1962, 63 Brian McKenzie, Oak Bay   1965, 66
Jim Chapman, David Thompson 1967, 68 Don Krego, Lester Pearson 1955, 56

The following is a summary of the comments made by the respondents on the questionnaire.

1st All Star Team

Paul Buday- 2nd all star in 1949; 1st all star in 1950, 51, 52; M.V.P. in 1950 and 1951. Best small guard and outside shooter over the years. A two-way ballplayer who was the glue to the fine Connaught teams. Good hustle and spirit. Dominated the tournament for 3 years as he led his team to 3 consecutive B.C. Titles. Greatest guard of his day. Was offered a scholarship to University of Oregon while in Grade 10.

John Kootnekoff- 1st all star and M.V.P. in 1952 and 1954. 2nd all star in 1953. Literally carried Mission to the finals in 1952 and 1954 and led them to their '54 Championship. Was a spectacular performer who could play guard, forward or centre. Great jumping power. Great hustle and spirit as well as ability. Never say die attitude.

John Olsen - 1st all star in 1960, 61, 62. Led team to finals in 1960. First "outsider" to really impress. Hard worker on defence as well as offence. Good team player. Best board man of all the centres. Very smooth. Excellent touch close in.

Ed Suderman - 1st all star 1961, 62, 63. Led the Eagles to an undefeated season and B.C. Championship in 1963. One of the smoothest players ever. All-round performer: Good shot, rebounder, team leader. A solid, consistent performer. Aggressive rebounder.

Ron Thorsen- 1st all star 1966, 67. M.V.P. threat in all departments of the game. maker. Carried team for 2 years. Even game. Unselfish. Great body control. personnel and competition. in 1967. Probably the greatest single Outstanding shot, ball handler and play against box-and-one's he controlled the How great he may have been with better personnel and competition.

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