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John Ydstie and the Wolford Wolves
March 24, 2001

The Wolford Wolves. Guard John Ydstie wore the 30 jersey.
The Wolford Wolves. Guard John Ydstie wore the 30 jersey.
When the Wolves returned to Wolford after the game, a convoy
escorted the team to homecoming
When the Wolves returned to Wolford after the game, a convoy escorted the team to homecoming.

Thirty-three years ago, John Ydstie and the Wolford Wolves made it all the way to the finals of North Dakota's Class B Boys High School basketball tournament. It was the first time any team from Wolford, a town of less than 100 souls, made it to the state tournament.

John talks with his coach and two of his teammates about the season and what it meant to their small town. People from Wolford still talk about that game played in 1968.

John now stars on the NPR intra-squad basketball team, where he can still drive to the hoop and hit the occasional jumper.

Hear Russ Smith call the 1968 game between the Wolford Wolves and the Central Cass Squirrels. Thanks to Don Siverson of Fargo, North Dakota for sharing his tape of the game.
taped coverage of a 1968 Wolford Wolves basketball game

Hear John's story about the Wolford Wolves.
John Ydstie reminisces about his high school basketball team, the Wolford Wolves