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BOYS BASKETBALL: OLSM honors 100 years of hoop history, welcomes back Butcher

   | Scott Burnstein

BOYS BASKETBALL: OLSM honors 100 years of hoop history, welcomes back Butcher

ORCHARD LAKE – The rich and championship-layered tradition on the hardwood at Orchard Lake St. Marys was honored over the weekend.

St. Mary’s celebrated its 100-year anniversary as a basketball team, with a home contest against a familiar foe on the opposing bench and a slate of pre and post-game festivities that tipped a hat to the team’s glorious and historic past.

The Eaglets played their first game on December 19, 1913 (beating Pontiac 18-8) and since then have ascended to epic heights, becoming the state’s second all-time leader in wins (1,296 victories) and a genuine Metro Detroit "glamour program."

In its century of causing hoop havoc, St. Mary’s has won four state championships (1933, 1978, 1982, 2000), advan