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1996 & 1997 Men's Basketball Teams

Highline College
Class of 2007

The Thunderbirds had a two-year record of 63-2 in capturing back-to-back titles. Highline, whose highest finish was second in 1966, became the sixth college in the history of NWAACC Basketball to repeat as champions. HCC beat Blue Mountain in ’97 and Grays Harbor in ’98 to bring home the “big trophy.”

Joe Callero, who twice earned conference Coach of the Year honors, went on to coach eight seasons at Seattle University and is the current head coach at Cal Poly. Brian Scalabrine, who played in 1996-97, went on to play three seasons at USC, five seasons with the New Jersey Nets, and just completed his second year with the Boston Celtics. Quincy Wilder was the NWAACC Tournament’s MVP in both seasons, the first ever repeat winner of the award. Six of the seven assistant coaches were former HCC players. Sixteen players went on to earn their four-year college degrees.

Team members: Head Coach Joe Callero, Assistant Coaches Jeff Albrecht, T.J. Bohl, Brandt Borghorst, Tyler Geving, Fred Harrison, and Kurt Nelson, Justin Adam, Reggie Ball, Marty Delange, Neil DeMerritt, Adam Enfield, Josh Geise, Bryan Guy, Derek Johnson, J.J. Ivy, Gabriel Ladd, Scott Luedke, Shaun Madsen, Garrett Miller, Travis Moore, Brandon Nash, Tom Rockey, Brian Scalabrine, Kyle Templeton, Todd Watts, and Quincy Wilder.

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