Reliving the dream in Freeport - School and community honor state championship team after 45 years

State champs

The 1968 championship team poses for a photo under a team banner bearing their state tournament photo from years gone by. Standing from left are Coach Aubrey Rentz, Mac Brown, Carl Burnham, George Schlissler, David Burke, Rodney Jones, Eddie Weidenhaft, Ned Chancey and Jimmy Brown. Not at the ceremony were former players Russell Caudill and David Godwin, who has passed away.

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

It was a night of honors all the way around.

From the coach to the bus driver, supporters and the athletes behind the 1968 Class C State Basketball Championship team that forever put Freeport in the annals of Florida high school history, were honored during a Tip-Off Tournament at Freeport High School last week.

Seven of the players from that championship team that captured the state title 45 years ago with a 25-point victory over Moor Haven were present as well as their Coach Aubrey Rentz.

Still sporting the same haircut from 45 years ago, Rentz said, "They were all good shooters."

Players present were Mac Brown, Carl Burnham, George Schlissler, David Burke, Rodney Jones, Eddie Weidenhaft, Ned Chancey and Jimmy Brown. Also on that winning team but not present were Russell Caudill and David Godwin who has passed away. Godwin was represented by his daughter Paige and grandson David.

Prior to walking out on to the court, the group gathered for photos under a huge banner bearing a photo of them from back in 1968 with their trophy.

The group chatted amongst themselves as they readied for photos.



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