The Pryor Times


March 14, 2013

'There ought to be a law'

Remembering the 1963 Chouteau basketball team



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It's been exactly 50 years since March 14, 1963, the night that Chouteau celebrated its last state championship in basketball. This year's edition of the Chouteau Wildcats came close, but fell just short in the state semifinals.

“That [1963] team had a great respect for one another,” Devers said. “They respected me, and I respected them.”

Those three “C's” — Christ, concentration and candy — have plenty to do with that.

Times have changed a little since Doc and his boys won their title. A player can score three points on just one shot now. Chouteau plays in Class 2A, not in Class B. Doc still wears a hat, but there's a little less hair under there than in '63.

But there's no denying when a team is just plain good.

“One night,” Devers remembered about his 1963 team, “after we'd beat a team pretty bad, a fellow came up to me and said, 'Coach, there ought to be a law against having a team as good as that.'”

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