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Going to the (golf) ball

Rushsylvania’s 1960 basketball team together after 53 years

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ABOVE: Russ Schrader lines up a putt as Darrel Bradford holds the pin and Tim Rader retrieves his ball from the cup on the back nine at Cherokee Hills Golf Course on Wednesday. The three attended Rushsylvania High School together and are among six members of the school’s powerhouse 1960 basketball team that continue to get together to play golf each week. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: The six members of the team that went 23-2 on the season are, from the left, guard Carey Young, center Charlie Rader, forward Dan Stahler, guard Russ Schrader, forward Darrel Bradford and guard Tim Rader. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

It’s been 53 years since the Rushsylvania High School basketball team went 23-2 on the season, but six members of the team, who also played on the school’s baseball and football teams together, are still playing.

The game they are playing, however, has changed as the men aged.

“We traded in our footballs, basketballs and baseballs for golf balls,” the team’s former center Charlie Rader said as the six men and their close friend Sam Fox enjoyed a warm Wednesday afternoon at Cherokee Hills Golf Course.

Growing up, the six athletes — also including forwards Dan Stahler and Darrel Bradford and guards Russ Schrader, Carey Young and Tim Rader — all lived within a three-mile radius of one another and sports were the backbone of their relationship.

“We were a close-knit group,” Mr. Bradford said. “We would always be over at Charlie and Tim’s playing ball.”

“When we got together, we played ball and if it was raining too hard or the weather wasn’t good, we’d play in the barn in the hay mow,” Charlie Rader said.

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