And then there were nine OTs

The grainy black and white photo from the Marion Chronicle of more than a half-century ago doesn’t begin to tell the story of that year’s Liberty Center Lions.

Compared to today’s super-charged teams, the Lions — most of them closer in height to Danny DeVito than Arnold Schwarzenegger — probably wouldn’t qualify to be on a basketball court. Yet there they were — winners of their county sectional for the first time in 20 years, defeating Bluffton, the big guys on the block. Next came regionals. Liberty Center was the smallest school of the 64 still in competition for a State championship.

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