As all Upper Arlingtonians rejoice in the tremendous success of the high school basketball Bears, the timing was unique for thoughts and remembering of a former player.

To the Editor:

As all Upper Arlingtonians rejoice in the tremendous success of the high school basketball Bears, the timing was unique for thoughts and remembering of a former player.

Barry Burgert, UAHS class of '72, lost his battle with cancer at age 59 last week.

Back in the late '60s and early '70s, Barry and I were neighborhood friends, and a bunch of us would play pick-up basketball games nearly every afternoon after school and throughout the year. We had very competitive games and everyone played hard.

But Barry was special and was a tremendously gifted athlete who could jump, shoot and had catlike quickness which I had never seen before.

I went on and played freshman and sophomore basketball at Bishop Watterson and was lucky to play with many good players, but in my mind, there was no one that was as gifted a player as Barry Burgert.

Barry went on to star at Upper Arlington from 1970-72 and would have been rejoicing that the Bears were in the state final four.

Paul Racher
Upper Arlington