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La Crosse Catbirds reunion this weekend


La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW)  The La Crosse Catbirds hold a special place in La Crosse sports history.

This weekend former members of the organization are coming together for a reunion of the former model franchise of the Continental Basketball Association.

Former players, coaches, cheerleaders and front office staff are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Catbirds first championship series.

Ron Ekker's ball club made it all the way to the CBA finals in 1986, only to lose to Tampa Bay in five games.

The reunion will not only honor that team but all the Catbirds teams from the Ekker and Flip Saunders era.

"If you look at the history of that league, the players that have gone through that league, the coaches, the front office staff, it's a proud, proud history and La Crosse carried a prominent role in that. Thanks to the ownership and Ron Ekker's vision we got a team here. Then with Flip and the others we followed it with some championships," said Mike Mashak, a former Catbirds official.

Some members of the 1990 and '92 championship teams will be on hand.

There will be private receptions on Saturday.

Then on Sunday, the players and former coaches will be introduced at a ceremony at Riverfest at 9pm.

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