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Jack Marton

Jack Marton played football and basketball while attending Washburn from 1944 through 1947.

Jack remembers that in his senior year the football teamÕs only loss occurred in the city title game against West High School when West scored in the last five seconds of the game to beat the Millers by one point.

In basketball, Jack was a starting guard in his junior and senior years winning the city conference championships in 1946 and 1947 and participating in the state championship in 1947 where they lost to Stillwater by one point.

It is in coaching where perhaps Jack most contributed to the success of Washburn athletics in the 1950s and 1960s. He began volunteering his time coaching football, basketball and baseball in the Washburn area while still in high school.

In the fall he often simultaneously coached football teams in the light midget, heavy midget and junior categories winning 14 championships over his Washburn area coaching career.

In the winter he often coached many seventh, eighth and ninth grade championship winning teams at the same time and in the spring and summer he would coach very successful, seventh, eighth and ninth grade baseball teams.

Jack coached Washburn area athletes almost continuously from 1946 through 1959 with the exception being a two year period in the early 1950s when he served in the Korean Conflict. It was there he suffered an injury left him with limited eyesight.

When the numerous individuals who were coached by Jack get together they often reminisce about the wonderful times they had being coached by him and how he taught them the fundamental skills that prepared them for successful participation on successful Washburn teams.

Many have appreciated JackÕs tutelage.

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