The bus driving force: Meet the woman behind the wheel of the 1968 state championship team


Edwina Burke was honored at a recent awards ceremony at Freeport High School honoring the 1968 State Championship Basketball team. She was the lady behind the wheel that got them there.

Tina Harbuck | The Sun
Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 05:18 PM.

If the Bulldogs were playing, Edwina Burke was in the house.

Edwina Burke, 83, still attends Freeport basketball games when she can, but back in the ’60s she didn't miss a one.

"Everybody knew I was there," says the spunky lady who lives in Bruce about 20 minutes from Freeport High School.

"I was rough on the referees back then," she laughed. "They never did call it right. I was loud … it was exciting. I really enjoyed it."

Burke, the mother of David Burke who played on Freeport's 1968 Class C State Basketball Championship team, attended last week’s ceremony honoring that championship team after 45 years at the school. She was also honored during the ceremony as the lady behind the wheel that drove the bus for the players to the state game in Gainesville as well as most of their games during the school year.

>>>> To read more about the 1968 Championship Team, click here

"Coach Rentz had asked me to drive and I was going anyway," she said noting she was a school bus driver for the school.

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