“The Hermann Double Team: A Small Town Hoops Story”, a book written by Steve Wieschhaus, will be released on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. in the lobby of Hermann High School.

A discussion of the book will be held in the school library at 4 p.m. and is open to anyone who is interested in attending.

The book signing event will be held in conjunction with Hermann High’s celebration of 100 years of basketball in Hermann high schools, where all former basketball players at either Hermann High or St. George will be recognized that evening.

Both of the events will be held in conjunction with the Hermann High School basketball tournament.

The book documents the success that both high schools in Hermann, Hermann High School and St. George High School, experienced in the late 1960s when they were both in the state championship tournament.

Two extraordinary coaches led these teams: Don Gosen at Hermann High and Dennis Kruse at St. George, both back at their alma mater guiding the team that they once played on.

The story is about the middle school coaches that laid the ground work for the ultimate success that the individuals enjoyed in high school.

It’s about the competitive games on the public playgrounds in the summertime where the players competed against each other while in the process of developing their basketball skills.

It’s the story of the magical 1968-69 basketball season when both of the high schools came close to bringing home two out of the three state championships in Missouri high school basketball at that time.

Norm Stewart, the former head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Missouri, calls it “a great story of small town Missouri basketball, the people involved and the importance it played in their lives.”

John Brown, the former Dixon High School, University of Missouri and NBA player, states that it is “a great small town hoops story. True basketball fans will appreciate the research that went into writing this book.”

The book will be available on Amazon on Feb. 10.