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MB Basketball hall of fame names new inductees

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They could jump, shoot, coach and score, and now they're part of Manitoba history forever more.

On Tuesday, the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame unveiled four players, two coaches and two teams that will be inducted at the biannual ceremony on Oct. 5.

The players include three-time Paralympic gold medalist Joey Johnson, who took home gold last year in London before moving back to Winnipeg to retire from basketball, and longtime pro and Fort Richmond Collegiate grad Dan Becker, who played NCAA Division 1 at the University of Colorado.

Anne Smith, a member of two championship Bison teams between 1995 and 2001 will be inducted, as will J.H. Bruns Collegiate grad Norm Froemel, who still holds University of Winnipeg Wesmen records for all-time rebounding and percentage shooting.

The inducted builders include coach Clyde Perry, who founded the Winnipeg Invitational Tournament in 1976 and developed high school programs, and Russ Roney, who worked for 44 years as a basketball official in southwest Manitoba.

The Hall will also honour the Glenlawn Lions Varsity Girls team that captured championships in 1962, 1965 and 1966, and Brandon's Vincent Massey Vikings boys varsity team that captured three consecutive AA titles starting in 1969.

The induction dinner is slated for Oct. 5 at the Victoria Inn. Information is available by emailing Ross Wedlake at rosswedlake@gmail.com.

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