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1982-83 Oak Harbor basketball star Dan Christie, 45, went on to play four years at the University of Dayton, where he was voted the Flyers' team MVP as a senior.
Now a financial advisor in suburban Dayton, Dan said he has never watched the full tape of Oak Harbor’s Class AA state championship game against Bexley in St. John’s Arena.
"We lost," he said. "Who wants to look back at it? I never wanted to dwell on it. I wanted to move on in life. It was water under the bridge at that point in time. I've gone back and looked at parts of it, a couple years ago. I guess I never really felt the need to watch the whole thing. It was the end of my high school career, so I wasn't going to cry over it or dwell on it."
Teammate Larry Fizer, 44, now lives in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, where he works as an account manager for a large oil and gas company. Fizer, who returns to Oak Harbor once a year, also said he's never had any desire to watch the state title game tape.
"I've gone back and looked at the Wellsville tape, which was one of the best games we played," Fizer said. "They had a big center, 6-5 or something, and I ended up guarding him. That's the game I remember most. The Bexley game, that was a loss and who wants to dwell on it."
Dan’s brother and former teammate, Don Christie, 44, who coached Oak
Harbor's boys’ team in 2007-08 and 2008-09, is an assistant principal at Oak Harbor Middle School. He finished with 1,495 career points and was named first-team All-Ohio as a senior before going on to play at Ohio University.
Don and Dan’s father, Dave Christie, coached the Rockets for one more season, his 10th, in 1983-84. He led Oak Harbor to a 17-5 record and a berth in the district finals. Steve Keller Sr. replaced him the following year.
"Dan was at Dayton and Don was at Ohio U, and I decided I'd had enough and I wanted to watch them play," coach Christie said. "The program was in good shape."
Every one of those Oak Harbor players has his own recollection about the '82-'83 season. Fizer said the Rockets' team chemistry and camaraderie was something no one could measure.
"There was probably a lot more pressure involved than any of us realized," Fizer said. "It was draining at times, but we were having fun and doing what we all loved. None of us were concerned with stats, and it wasn't about playing time or who got the most points. It was about, 'who'd we play, how much did we win by and who's next.' It didn't matter what we did individually.
"Looking back, I wouldn't trade my senior year for anything. It was just a very, very special time. Win or lose the state championship, I wouldn't trade it for anything."
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