For every generation of Hillmen the center of their universe at Saginaw was the Hill Court. Besides residing steps away from their cabins on the Hill, it provided a stage for everything- full metal ping pong games, taps and 21, volleyball and basketball games, and Monday Night Counselor hoops.
In 1953 it started out as a sand court with a telephone pole holding up a plank wood backboard and an updated peach basket rim. This was no early Triangle Offense you are wintessing.
By the 2000’s it would become a handsomely appointed asphalt court with fiberglass boards, padded standards, and a three-point line.
Back in 1959 Hill Court’s first extravaganza was Wilt Chamberlain’s folkloric visit to Saginaw.
Basketball clinics, rivalry league games, and varsity Color War games all were contested on Hill Court. A Hill Court original in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was Box Ball-played in one of the basketball half courts with a tennis ball.
My personal favorite was the off-duty staff pick-up games under the lights during camper evening activities….played in our tidy whites.
Hill Court was the scene of many a dramatic buzzer beater or marathon overtime game. It did not matter that the court was not regulation width or length, it was an outside version of Madison Square Garden and it was ours.
We played often and played hard and today Hill Court still proudly displays that Hill Hawk spirit in full measure.