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Big Shots No. 20

Huber comes up huge

February 26, 2008
The Altoona Mirror
This is the first in a 20-day series on the biggest shots in Blair County high school basketball over the last 50 years. The Mirror is counting down one per day until Sunday, March 16.

—Buck Frank

Player: Bill Huber, Altoona Catholic

Opponent: Williamsburg

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1960

Site: Williamsburg High School gym

Setting the scene: After three straight state title appearances from 1956-58, Williamsburg began the season with many pieces together for another great year. Altoona Catholic was replacing many seniors with mostly a group of underclassmen. Both teams started the year 1-0.

The shot: With the score tied 55-55 and seconds remaining, Huber received an inbounds pass and let fly a two-handed set shot from midcourt. The ball banked off the backboard and into the hoop for the game-winner with two seconds remaining.

Mirror excerpt from Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1960: Williamsburg lost the ball on a disputed infraction and ACHS took over. The ball was tossed into Huber who fired away from about midcourt. The ball ripped the cords with just two seconds showing on the clock. (To view the entire article from this game, go to


—Huber: “The shot was from halfcourt, which at Williamsburg in those days was the opposite foul line.’’

—Don Appleman, opponent: “Years later, some of [Huber’s] teammates told me he would be at practice and say, ‘This is how I did it at Williamsburg.’ And he never made another one.’’

—Huber: “I don’t think the coaches would have ever let me shoot another one of those in a game. Fortunately, I made that one.’’

Aftermath: Williamsburg advanced all the way to the state title game with two losses on its record, both coming to Altoona Catholic. Huber, a junior at the time, later went on to play football at Penn State and was a general manager for the Boston Red Sox’s minor-league affiliate in Williamsport. Currently, he is the vice president of finance for a large modular home company in the Williamsport area.

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