Beloit school district, Beloit Memorial plan 50-year anniversary celebration of LaMont Weaver’s memorable shot
The Beloit school district and Beloit Memorial High School are planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Shot heard round the state,” according to a release.
The shot occurred in 1969 when LaMont Weaver made a last-second 55-foot shot that banked in to tie the WIAA state boys basketball championship game. Beloit Memorial then went on to win the state title with an 80-79 double-overtime victory over Neenah.
Neenah’s Pat Hawley made a 10-foot jumper from the lane to give Neenah a 70-68 lead with 3 seconds left. But the Purple Knights, led by coach Bernie Barkin, tied the game on Weaver’s shot (this was before the 3-pointer), sending the game into the first overtime.
The celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Beloit Memorial’s Barkin Arena (weather permitting).
Madison Memorial is scheduled to play Beloit Memorial in boys basketball at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.