It took half a century to find out, but Ed Lorentzen now knows who made the fateful recommendation to Hastings College head basketball coach Lynn Farrell to recruit him.
That nod, which came from HC Class of '59 alum Max Marr, his former high school basketball coach at Axtell High School, put Lorentzen on Farrell's radar as his future center. He, in turn, helped the legendary coach to turn around the then-floundering Bronco program, which advanced to the national tournament in 1963-64 and again in 1964-65 with its slight-of-frame 6-foot-6 inch center smack dab in the middle of it all.
Now 70, Lorentzen recently invited Marr to a special ceremony honoring his contributions to the Bronco program slated for 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Rooms A and B of Hazelrigg Student Union, 705 E. 9th Street, on the HC campus. The Hall of Fame brunch and induction ceremony will recognize Lorentzen and his teammates from the 1963-64 Bronco team, the team widely credited with re-establishing the credibility of the school's basketball program.
"Going to Hastings College was one of the best things that happened to me," Lorentzen said.