The Boys from Joes
The town of Joes, Colorado was founded in 1906. Just about everyone in the town had someone in their family with name of Joe, and that’s how the town got its name. The Boys from Joes is an incredible story. It’s about a group of ten small town boys who weren’t expected to go anywhere in basketball, or achieve their goals.
Joes High School’s total enrollment consisted of sixteen girls, and twenty boys. Ten of the boys that had enrolled there played basketball. All of the boys were over six feet tall. Lane Sullivan, the new coach of the basketball team, had never even touched a basketball before he started coaching. Sullivan had never coached anything at all before he started coaching the Joes basketball team. In order to gain knowledge about the sport, he got a book about it. He started coaching in 1927, but before the 1928 basketball season, Joes High School didn’t even have a gym. Instead, they’d practice outside on a dirt court, and two times a week they’d take a bus to the nearest gym, which was ten miles away. In order to play home games, the boys had to play in the local dance hall. The “court” was nowhere near regulation size, and the ceiling was so short that the boys couldn’t shoot an arched shot. The people who attended these basketball games had no place to sit and watch the game, the all stood around the edges of the court and on the small stage. Joes High School finally got their own gym around Christmas time because the people of Joes donated their time and material in order to make it happen.
The Joes Basketball team of 1927-1928 wasn’t just your average basketball team. They finished their actual basketball season with a record of nineteen wins, five losses, and one tie. The boys won their conference. Joes lost their first region playoff basketball team to Boulder with the ending score being 42-18. The next season was a very successful one for these guys. They went undefeated until they lost to in the league tournament final to Flagler by a whole-whopping two points in overtime. They ended up taking the number two seed in playoffs; they did outstanding and ended up beating Flagler which landed them a seat in in the state tournament at UNC, in Greeley.
During the tournament they first faced off against Julesburg, they won, and Julesburg never scored after halftime. In the second round, their opponent were Gunnison, with another win, they were set for round three. They lead the whole semi-finals game against Fort Collins with an easy win. They were finally here, the championship game, they were about to go head to head with Fort Collins, even though Fort Collins was praised, they were helpless during the game. The Joes led 14-2, the final score of the game was 37-14, and Joes were the new champions.
After winning the state tournament, Joes was automatically invited to play in the national championship tournament. It was sponsored by the University of Chicago. The only downside was that they had to pay for...