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Norm Van Lier

February 26, 2009 - John Mehno

Sad news from Chicago that Norm Van Lier died at age 61.

Before he was at St. Francis and before he had an NBA career, he was the standout on the 1965 Midland High School basketball team. Along with 1967 Ambridge, '65 Midland is regarded as one of the greatest high school teams in Pennsylvania history. Van Lier and Simmie Hill were the leaders for coach Hank Kuzma.

I remember seeing Van Lier play baseball in the summer of '65 on a Midland sandlot.

After his playing career, he was a media figure in Chicago. He was an analyst on Bulls broadcast and was also on some radio talk shows.

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