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WSIU's Listening Project: Rich Herrin & Benton Rangers

From 1960 until 1985 Rich Herrin and the Benton Rangers forged high school basketball history with more than 500 wins, four undefeated seasons and 21 regional tournament titles.  Coach Herrin and four of his former players - Rich Yunkus, Terry Thomas, Hugh Frailey, and Bill Smith - sat down recently to reminisce for this week's edition of WSIU's Listening Project.

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Former Benton High School players Terry Thomas, Bill Smith and Rich Yunkus take part in the Listening Project at Benton Library

Their conversation was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benton Public Library.

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On getting his players scholarships and jobs...

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Hugh Frailey talks about how Coach Herrin always helped his player with scholarships and jobs.

  On the community's support of the game...

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Rich Yunkus talks about how the Benton community embraced and supported the team.

WSIU's Listening Project chronicles the stories, experiences, and history of the people who call this region home.  You can hear more stories from the Benton Listening Project here.

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