Dave Besonen

Dave BesonenImage Courtesy of Dave BesonenCalled by some "the greatest Panther ever," Dave Besonen had a stellar career as the point guard for Ewen Trout Creek from 1979-1982. A dead-eye marksman from the field, he averaged an amazing 31.5 points a game in his senior season with a field goal percentage of 58%. He was also an incredible ball handler, passer and defensive specialist. In 1982, he led the Panthers to the State Final, only to be beaten by Covert in the highest scoring final game in history, 110-94. Besonen scored 38 points, which is the 9th highest tally by a player in a final game. Dave would go on to play basketball for the Michigan Tech Huskies.

A three-time 1st team all-conference player in both the Great Western and Porcupine Mountain conferĀ­ences, Dave Besonen also accumulated the following honors and records:


Dave BesonenBesonen and teammate Whitey Anderson accept the trophy for the 1982 Regional Championship at Hedgcock Fieldhouse in Marquette.Dave BesonenDave Besonen goes up for a shot in the 1982 State Final game against Covert. Image courtesy of Ewen - Trout Creek Public Schools.