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Chisholm's basketball court named after legendary coach

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CHISHOLM, MN -

After 5 decades, and 1,012 victories as the Chisholm boys basketball coach, Bob McDonald was immortalized, as the Chisholm high-school named their basketball court after him.

"It's a grand situation, no question about that, and I'm thankful that it happened to me," said McDonald. 

At the dedication ceremony, players from each one of the decades McDonald coached  remembered the coach for turning a bunch of Iron Rangers into accomplished players.

"We were an ordinary bunch of athletes, who Bob turned into extraordinary teams." 

Those extraordinary teams amassed over 1,000 wins twenty-five 1,000 point scorers, 11 appearances in the state tournament, and 3 state championships. 

The only constant in that time, was the coach.

"I like to think it wasn't me that accomplished this. It was the kid's that accomplished it. Because if it's anything that's difficult to do, it's to get kids to concentrate on what you want them to do, and not what they want to do. And they've all been cooperative here, and that's why they all ended up on the board," said McDonald. 

It's been 3 years since McDonald last coached in the Roels Gymnasium,but on Friday, the gymnasium filled one last time for their coach. 

McDonald said, "It was a good ride. No question about it. Wonderful ride" 

The basketball court is inside the Roels Gymnasium, which is named for Harvey Roels, the first basketball coach in program history. 

The gymnasium will keep that name. 

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