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The Mighty Malta Mustangs

Re-visiting the team that started a dynasty


March 11, 2020

Malta Public Schools 1970.

This basketball season marks the 50 year anniversary of the "Mighty Malta Mustangs Company" (3M Co.), a group that won over 80 games in the 1970, 71, and 72 seasons.

The PCN caught up with a few of the 1969-70 Mustangs that adopted the nickname and helped build a legacy that is still respected throughout the state today. Those members include junior All-State selections post Duane Walker and All-State guard Craig Stiles; as well as fellow junior Buddy Slade and Dwayne Simanton Jr.

The team was guided by legendary Head Coach Bill Ryan who led the team with a stick. It was red, white, and blu...

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