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who had the best career in any sport after highschool

Postby NDBUD84 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:06 am

some names that come to mind are phil hanson, darrin erstad, jeff bosche, jim kliennsasser, phil jackson, travis hafner, ben jacobson.......
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Postby baseball » Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:47 am

Maris...had a legit record until steroids broke it.
Erstad...World Series Champion
Jackson...HOF player, and an above average coach.
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Postby north_border_eagles2106 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:20 pm

Phil Jackson is a HOF coach.

Maris has the record in my opinion. The Record is still 61....
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Postby bruins44 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:29 pm

baseball wrote:Maris...had a legit record until steroids broke it.
Erstad...World Series Champion
Jackson...HOF player, and an above average coach.


Phil Jackson was not a HOF player in the NBA, maybe at UND or Divison 2
I think Rick Helling should be on the list, he won a world championship with the Florida Marlins,
Chris Coste, world champion this past year with the Phillies
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Postby north_border_eagles2106 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:53 am

Rick Helling had some nice years in the majors and did throw a no-hitter. Chris Coste is good but he didn't make it to the majors until his 30's. Not knocking him by any means but as far as "career" goes I don't know about that.
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Postby 32Districts » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:05 pm

Dave Osborn from Cando has to be on this list. Was #2 in rushing in the NFL one year, played in a Pro Bowl and played in some Super Bowls for the Vikings.

Although not a sport talked about here much, rodeo's Brad Germundson from I forget now, out in western North Dakota, won some world titles in saddle bronc riding back in the 80's.

Valley City High School had a heckuva basketball player pre-Jeff Boschee. Kami Anderson played at Stanford for four seasons for the Lady Cardinal in the mid to late 80's. They made two tourney appearances during her years there making it to the Elite 8 one season I think. She finished her career in the top 20 in scoring for Stanford.

One guy maybe might be mentioned in the future (if not now) Dale Lennon, former football coach of the UND Sioux. It wouldn't surprise me seeing him standing on the sidelines of some major college one day.

Steve Cichy, played on some of those great Shanley football teams in the 1970's. Went on to play some DB at Notre Dame in the late 70's, starting at least one if not two seasons there.

Those are a few people that come to mind that had some success in sports after high school.
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Postby duke_boy90 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:28 pm

Don't forget about Pete Retzlaff. He was an all-pro tight end for the Eagles. Won an NFL championship before there was the super bowl and I believe he is the Eagles all-time leader in receptions.
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Postby jtdc492 » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:03 pm

Virgil Hill-3 time WORLD champion
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Postby Flip » Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:44 pm

duke_boy90 wrote:Don't forget about Pete Retzlaff. He was an all-pro tight end for the Eagles. Won an NFL championship before there was the super bowl and I believe he is the Eagles all-time leader in receptions.

From Wikipedia: Retzlaff, nicknamed "Pistol Pete" and "The Baron", played football at Ellendale High School in Ellendale, North Dakota and starred in track and field and football at South Dakota State College. In 1952, he rushed for 1,016 yards.

He was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League but did not make the team. After two years in the army, he was sold to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played at running back, wide receiver, and tight end for eleven seasons. In 1958, despite never having caught a pass in college, he led the NFL with 56 pass receptions. He went to the Pro Bowl five times, and won the Bert Bell Award for NFL player of the year in 1965, when he caught 66 passes including 10 touchdowns. He also served as president of the NFL Players Association.

From 1969 to 1972, he served as the Eagles' vice president and general manager.

Retzlaff's number 44 jersey has been retired by the Eagles.

I had never even heard of this guy before. Very impressive if you ask me.
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Postby ndlionsfan » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:12 am

I agree, I have never heard of him before and that's a shame. Someone with a career like that from ND should be glorified right up there with Roger Maris and the likes.
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Postby duke_boy90 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:08 pm

ndlionsfan wrote:I agree, I have never heard of him before and that's a shame. Someone with a career like that from ND should be glorified right up there with Roger Maris and the likes.


It's kind of funny how good he was, and no one really remembers him.
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Postby lockdown » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:50 am

hafner was one of the most feared hitters in the majors for a couple years before his injury problems started
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Re: who had the best career in any sport after highschool

Postby Run4Fun2009 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:12 am

Football - Phil Hansen
Baseball - Roger Maris
Basketball - Phil Jackson
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Postby mplsfan » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:49 pm

Wow, nice list of accomplished North Dakotans. I know of all of these people but I'd never put all the names together at one time. It's a good size list for a little state. Add Cliff Cushman, Lute Olson (no I'm not a GF Central alum), Dale Brown. Will we someday be talking about Laura Roesler in a post like this?
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Postby 4thegame » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:01 am

it's between Phil and Virgil.....I would have to give it to Virgil because it really was him against "the world." and he won
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Postby winner-within » Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:02 pm

If Virgil would have beaten Hearns he coulda sealed the Deal when it comes to more recognition, he was in his prime and Hearns was washed up and Hill still lost. He was in a funky weight class and couldn't get the big fights....far from my favorite Boxer but good for ND.
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Postby gobison#6 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:26 pm

north_border_eagles2106 wrote:Rick Helling had some nice years in the majors and did throw a no-hitter. Chris Coste is good but he didn't make it to the majors until his 30's. Not knocking him by any means but as far as "career" goes I don't know about that.

Pretty sure Helling never threw a no hitter. Did have a couple great years though.
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Re: who had the best career in any sport after highschool

Postby AlwaysAMidget... » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:00 am

Robert Eaglestaff - Basketball - Fort Yates High School Warriors - 1968-1971
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Re: who had the best career in any sport after highschool

Postby Old Baller » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:36 pm

I think you have to consider Cliff Cushman in this discussion, not from longevity but from the heights he achieved after high school. National champion in the 400 meter hurdles at Kansas University in 1960 and silver medalist in the same event in the '60 Olympics in Rome. THE OLYMPICS! However, his life was tragically cut short when his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1966. His body was never recovered.
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