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Simmie Hill

Basketball ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Simmie Hill is considered to be not only one of the best basketball players to come out of Midland but also one of the best ever produced in Beaver County. In his junior year, Sim was a mainstay of Coach Hank Kuzma and his talented 1964 Leopards, along with Norm Van Lier. Simmie tallied 481 points that season before the Leopards were eliminated in the WPIAL championship by Uniontown, which went on to win the PIAA state title. It was as a 6'-6" senior in 1965 that Simmie helped lead the Leopards, regarded by many as the best high school basketball team in Pennsylvania history, to the state title. He scored 652 points for the well-balanced Leopard team, giving him 1327 for his career. He set a record in the WPIAL title game against Aliquippa with 38 points, and in the PIAA state title contest against Steelton-Highspire with 31 points. Simmie then led the freshman team at Wichita State University in scoring before transferring to Cameron Junior College at Lawton, Oklahoma, where he led his team to a third place finish in the National Junior College tournament and was named a Junior College All American. He then moved on to West Texas State for the next two years, leading the team to an 18-8 record and an NIT berth in 1969 but his team lost to Ohio University in an 82-80 thriller. For his efforts that season, Simmie was named to The Sporting News Six Man All American team, along with Rick Mount of Purdue, Jo Jo White of Kansas, Pete Maravich of Louisiana State, Spencer Haywood of Detroit, and Lew Alcindor of UCLA. Simmie played professional basketball in the ABA with the Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, and San Antonio teams before retiring in 1974.