By Rich Winter
State tournament appearances aren’t all that common in the community of Crow Creek. Not a ton of banners hanging in the rafters, but this morning, we look back a the FIRST-EVER boys state tournament BANNER, from all the way back in 1982.
Borrowing from Jesse Cole St. John Sr. this morning who shared a bit of the story of the “Original” High-Flyer, Sheldon St. John.
As many of you are aware, Crow Creek is a basketball town.
Growing up here it was a priority to play basketball. U always hear names of players in the past as I would go from place to place from other natives from different reservations throughout my life.
“Oh your from Crow Creek, I remember Butch Kirkie. I remember George Howe. I remember Gid Saul. I remember Joe Sazue Jr.” they would say. Just to name a few.
For me, one name was always brought up because of my last name. My uncle Sheldon St John. A legend in his own right. He helped bring home our first ever State Banner. “Man could he fly” people would always tell me...
R.I.P to the Crow Creek legend Sheldon St John. Chieftains baby 🔴⚫️⚪️
In 1982, in their first-ever state tournament appearance, Crow Creek made it all the way to the SHIP. A tremendous run from the Chieftains ended with a 62-47 loss to eventual champion, Webster.