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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

PCN revisits 1970 Panthers


March 18, 2020

It’s been 50 years since the Saco Panthers took third place in the 1970 State C Boys Basketball Tournament.

The PCN caught up with a couple of athletes from that team, starting forward Brian DePuydt, who was a junior at Saco High School and guard Will Eklund, a senior.

The team was led by local legend Rocky Tollefson, who passed away in August of 2005 to cancer.

“He was 6-6, he could handle the ball like a guard, and he could shoot from the outside real well,” DePuydt said.

DePuydt said that Tollefson was able to hit shots from the floor that are considered three-point range in tod...

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