SALT LAKE CITY — A group of teenage basketball players and three adult chaperones were driving from Cincinnati to Utah’s capitol 50 years ago in their 1960s-era vehicles — green station wagon included — when Mother Nature threw a cold wrench into their travel plans.

A snowstorm along their 1,650-mile trek forced them to take shelter for a frigid night in Evanston, Wyoming. While checking into a motel, the front desk attendant gave them some tools and handy advice: “If you want your car to start in the morning, you’d better take your battery out tonight.”

After a warm night in the hotel, the boys and batteries got back into their cars and headed to their destination without further incident.

A half-century later, that is one of the fun stories this group from Ohio will share with each other while reminiscing about what ended up being a magical journey. The Cincinnati First Ward junior (ensign) basketball team left home hoping for a top four finish in the 1969 All-Church tournament. They returned as champions of what was billed as “the world’s biggest basketball tournament” — a 32-team playoff that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used to annually host along the …read more

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