Two old gladiators


On the left is Roger Williamson, center for the Thief River Falls Lincoln High School basketball team in 1952, on the right is Don Thompson, Halstad's center that year. Today was the first time the two have shaken hands since the region final 55 years ago when little Halstad stunned Thief River.

Williamson scored over half of Thief River's points, amassing 28 before he fouled out. Thompson had 14 points until he was fouled with a few seconds left. He made both free throws, and that was the difference. Halstad won 54-53 and went on to become the darlings of the state tournament.

Williamson went on to the Naval Academy. He flew in Vietnam and was later a military attache to several European countries. After he retired, he managed money, which had always been his passion. He still studies the stock market. He also studies history.

Thompson is retired from 1) a full-time teaching job 2) a full time accounting practice and 3) running his own construction firm, three jobs he did simultaneously. He was, he said, determined not to be poor.

The two seemed to enjoy meeting each other tremendously, and we had a great visit.