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Coach Glen "Steve" Craney

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Coach Steve Craney passed away Friday. He was 93 years old, and reportedly, at the time of his death, the oldest living high school basketball coach in Indiana. Coach Craney had a coaching career that spaned twenty years at Montgomery, Winslow, and Washington. Coach Craney was Washington's coach and athletic director when construction on the Hatchet House began in 1965. Although he helped in the planning, he never coached in the current Hatchet House. He left to become superintendent at Montgomery after the 1965 season. As a player, Coach Craney played for the 1935 Montgomery Vikings team that played in the state finals. Coach Craney coached the Hatchets for four seasons and compiled a 67-24 record. His post season record was 13-4, Coach Craney's signature game was with when the 1963 Hatchets won the sectional championship over heavily favored and state ranked Loogootee (21-0 record and led by Junior Gee). At Washington, Coach Craney developed six players who played collegiate basketball.

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Coach Steve Craney passed away Friday. He was 93 years old, and reportedly, at the time of his death, the oldest living high school basketball coach in Indiana. Coach Craney had a coaching career that spaned twenty years at Montgomery, Winslow, and Washington. Coach Craney was Washington's coach and athletic director when construction on the Hatchet House began in 1965. Although he helped in the planning, he never coached in the current Hatchet House. He left to become superintendent at Montgomery after the 1965 season. As a player, Coach Craney played for the 1935 Montgomery Vikings team that played in the state finals. Coach Craney coached the Hatchets for four seasons and compiled a 67-24 record. His post season record was 13-4, Coach Craney's signature game was with when the 1963 Hatchets won the sectional championship over heavily favored and state ranked Loogootee (21-0 record and led by Junior Gee). At Washington, Coach Craney developed six players who played collegiate basketball.

I knew it was close, but this saddens me anyway. I hadn't spoken to him in a long time, but fondly remember many great conversations at the old Williams lunch counter. He was a key factor in getting Barr-Reeve started on the right track - both athletically and academically.

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