Hill Court

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.

Old Hill Court

By the 2000’s it would become a handsomely appointed asphalt court with fiberglass boards, padded standards, and a three-point line.

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Back in 1959 Hill Court’s first extravaganza was Wilt Chamberlain’s folkloric visit to Saginaw.

Wilt Passing

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.

1957: (L/R) Jim Korman, Joel Levin (ref), Dave Katz, Butch Thomas, Danny Gottsegan, Howie Brown
1957: (L/R) Jim Korman, Joel Levin (ref), David Katz, Butch Thomas, Danny Gottsegan, Howie Brown

 

1960: One of the casual Fruit of the Loom Games that were so common
1960: One of the casual Fruit of the Loom Games that were so common on Hill Court

 

1963: Sandy Lipstien shooting over David Lipstien with Andy Simon, Lenny Simon in wait.
1963: Sandy Lipstein shooting over David Lipstein with Andy Simon, Lenny Simon laying in wait…..Hank Aberman officiating.

 

1965 Color War Varsity Volleyball action
1965: Color War Varsity Volleyball action on Hill Court

 

1966: With the advent of color Brian Redman and Dennie Berman among others in the fray
1966: With the advent of primitive color coverage young Brian Redman and Denny Berman among others in the fray.

 

Hill Court 1960's Frank Barkan Lenny Feinberg Steve Greene (1)
1967: Frank Barkan, Jeff Rubin,  Lenny Feinberg, and Steve Greene

 

1971: Big Al Harris does the shake and bake on Mark Rosen who took the full bite
1971: Big Al Harris does the shake and bake on Mark Rosen who took the full bite

 

Same game in 1971: Officials Jamie Wilen and Moe Dweck commiserate as Big Al Harris tries to sway their judgement
Same game in 1971: Officials Jamie Wilen and Moe Dweck commiserate as Big Al Harris tries to sway their judgement

 

1977: Stuart Selarnick and David Nathan jump center to start a league game
1977: Stuart Selarnick and David Nathan jump center to start a league game

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.

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