Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
March 14, 1988
Hartwick College’s men’s basketball team picked a perfect time to play a near-perfect game, and the result is a trip to the NCAA Division III Championship Round, two victories away from the national title.
The Warriors played an outstanding first half offensively and defensively against high-powered Trenton State, then held off a late rally on their way to an 84-69 quarter-final win over the Lions before a raucous sellout crowd of 1,950 at Binder Field House.
Hartwick will now embark on the most important road trip in team history, to the national semifinals at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Warriors will face the University of Scranton, the top-rated Division III team in the last NCAA poll.
The win was Hartwick’s 23rd of the season, which establishes a new single-season school record.
Hartwick got significant contributions from everyone that played. Team captain Tim McGraw was brilliant in the second half, scoring 16 of his 22 points. Dave Versocki came off the bench to score 14 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Anders Kvarnmyr overcame a sluggish start to score eight points and grab seven rebounds. Keith Thompson did a fine job in bringing the ball upcourt against Trenton State’s full-court press.
Warriors’ coach Nick Lambros shook his head in amazement at the final outcome.
50 years ago
March 14, 1963
Oneonta public elementary school children in October, scored higher in the Iowa Standard Test of Basic Skills than 80 percent of the nation’s students who took the exam several years ago when they were the same age.
Robert White, administrative assistant for instruction, said Wednesday, this means Oneonta fourth, fifth and sixth graders are “better prepared and show more achievement than pupils in most of the other schools in the nation.” The exam is designed for pupils in these grades only.
The test, “one of the most widely used,” according to Mr. White, measures a pupil’s progress in five areas — arithmetic, language, vocabulary, reading skills, and basic work-study skills.
Mr. White noted that Oneonta pupils who took the test rated especially high in arithmetic, language and work-study skills with scores ranging from 85 percent to 93 percent on these parts.