Aurora's Red Devils rallied from a 4-8 start to their 1968-69 season to enter the state tournament at 10-10, then knocked off three favored teams to win the sectional title, behind 22 points per game from 6'4" senior Mike Holcomb (31) and the coaching of former AHS star Bill Slayback (top right). (Aurora Borealis 1969)

Aurora High School’s 6’4’ Mike Holcomb (31) scores en route to a hard- earned 27 points in the Red Devils’ 63-57 sectional championship win over Switzerland County in March, 1969, at Lawrenceburg. (Aurora Borealis 1969)

Holcomb, plagued by a bad hip since birth and an afterthought on the AHS freshman team, grew to average 22 points per game during Aurora’s 13-11 season in 1968-69. (Aurora Borealis 1969)

Aurora’s unlikely 1969 basketball sectional champion Red Devils (13-11) included, first row, from left: manager Cecil Wallace, Rich Chatham, Ed Edwards, Jim Thatcher, Gary Honchell, Bill McKee, Steve Spencer and manager Dave Farrell. Second row: head coach Bill Slayback, Toby Kelly, Jerry Miller, Mike Holcomb, Mick McNimery, Steve Sandbrink, Clarence Jackson and assistant coach Greg Platt. (Aurora Borealis 1969)

Aurora’s Mike Holcomb (31) and Lawrenceburg’s Bill Sanders (44) jump center to tip off the 1969 sectional before a packed house crowd. Devils pulled off 3 upset wins to take the title. (Aurora Borealis 1969)

At Mike Holcomb’s May 2011 induction to the South Dearborn Athletic Hall of Fame, the longtime Alabama resident invited all his former Aurora High School 1969 sectional championship teammates in attendance up to the podium, introducing each one individually.


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