The 1969 Snake River High School Boys Basketball team is the 2017 IHSAA Boys Legend of the Game.
The 1969 Snake River High School Boys Basketball team started their quest to an eventual state championship in 1967 with an undefeated sophomore season, but the then-secluded high school stayed under the radar for another year in the stacked South Eastern Idaho Conference.
Finally, in 1969, the team earned statewide recognition when they went 22-5 on their way to an IHSAA State Championship.
To make it to the tournament, Snake River topped Preston once during the regular season and twice in the district tournament for the SEIC title and the District V title.
At the tournament, the Panthers had to battle it out in overtime with Wood River, ending the game tied at 42-42. However, they outscored Wood River 11-2 during the three-minute overtime period for their chance at a state title.
They met with conference foe Preston again in the championship. Preston led early in the first quarter but never recovered when Snake River went ahead 17-6 in the second quarter. They defeated Preston for the fourth time that night with a score of 53-41.
Nolan Mecham led the Panthers throughout their journey from talented sophomores to state champions. Mecham and his assistant Norm Kane still reside in Eastern Idaho.
Snake River will be honored at halftime of the 5A Boys “Real Dairy Shootout” on March 4.