Noel Mickelsen, Charlie Paulk, and Richard Verlasky recently passed.
Mickelsen, 80, had a lengthy coaching career in San Diego’s East County after posting a 71-62 record in nine seasons of professional baseball, including three years in the AAA Pacific Coast League.
The 6-foot, 6-inch Mickelsen was a star player on the 1955-56 San Diego State basketball team that posted a 23-6 record and gained the second round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament in Kansas City.
The Aztecs were beaten, 69-60, by Gustavus Adolphus of Minnesota. Mickelsen still ranks No. 10 among the Aztecs’ all-time leading rebounders.
HORNETS WON STATE TITLE
Paulk, 68, became coach at Lincoln before the 1994-95 season and led the Hornets to a 25-7 record and the state IV championship, the first for San Diego Section team.
Led by future NBA player Mark Sanford, the Hornets closed fast and won four state tournament games, 105-51 over Easton Washington, 83-51 over Oxnard Santa Clara, 94-93 over Los Angeles Verbum Dei, and 63-50 over San Anselmo Sir Francis Drake.
A 6-8 forward from Northeastern State in Louisiana, Paulk played three seasons in the NBA. He was the Milwaukee Bucks’ first selection and the seventh pick in the first round of the 1968-69 draft.
Verlasky, 70, was a San Diego attorney who starred at St. Augustine and played for legendary coach Phil Woolpert at the University of San Diego and with future NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff.
Verlasky averaged 12 points and was one of the Eastern League’s leading scorers in the Saints’ 13-7 season in 1961-62.