Williams Arena was literally packed to the rafters during Edgerton’s state championship games in 1960.

‘Are we really here?!’ 

That phrase sprang to mind when Dean Verdoes and his teammates stepped onto the floor of Williams Arena in March of 1960. Hailing from the small southwestern town of Edgerton, Minn., the boys had battled their way out of their tough region and were among the eight elite high-school teams that would vie for the state title.

How would the Flying Dutchmen of Edgerton do against the best schools in the state?  Return to March of 1960 and find out…



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