High-flying Ron Putzi dunks during the Richmond Colts' 1988 title win over Seaquam at the PNE Agrodome. (Photo property of BCHSBBOA 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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VL Podcast 12.17.20 edition: Richmond Colts’ Ron Putzi on milking cows and making buckets over an extraordinary hoops life!

RICHMOND — He was the leading man on a high school basketball dynasty which ushered in a new era of mainstream popularity for B.C. boys high school basketball.

Former Richmond Colts star Ron Putzi stops by to join host Howard Tsumura on this week’s Varsity Letters’ podcast.


Tsumura covered Putzi’s high school exploits just as his own career as a journalist was beginning and the two have kept in touch over the years.

In this week’s episode, the pair have a delightful time dissecting Putzi’s rather unique multi-sport background, and also discuss the five seasons he spent stateside with the NCAA Div. 1 New Mexico State Aggies.

Ron Putzi put on a show during the 1988 championships. including this semifinal dunk during a win over the Alberni District Armada. (Photos property of B.C High School Boys Basketball Association 2020. All Rights Reserved)

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5 thoughts on “VL Podcast 12.17.20 edition: Richmond Colts’ Ron Putzi on milking cows and making buckets over an extraordinary hoops life!

  1. Thanks Howard. Once again, a great job.
    If you have a copy of the 1986 BC Boys AA Championship program, you’ll see the pictures from the 1985 Final. In the top left hand corner, you’ll see a picture of Steve Taylor tip-off against Kevin Linton. Just diagonally to the top left of Darrell Steinberg, you’ll see Ron in the stands with a white shirt and his arms folded. I remember both the 1984 and 1985 Finals like yesterday, as my brother was a part of that team. In terms of Ron’s immediate neighbourhood, we were very lucky in the subdivision that surrounded McKay Elementary. From 1983 to 1991, at least one player from McKay played for Richmond. The 1984 team had four, many others had two. Names like Ray Doyle, Jamie Stone, Ron, Trevor Kojima, and Brian Scales. It was a fever that provided so many amazing role models for the kids coming up. RHS games were must see since we were 10 years old, and we knew what we wanted to do. The funny story about RHS being for sale in the Richmond Review was actually a RHS Grad Prank. It was my sister’s grad year !! I think the selling price was 1,984,000, and you had to phone Jack Rantanan, the Principal at the time for more information.

    1. Oops … the top RIGHT hand corner. The picture from the 1986 Program with Ron in the picture was the top right hand corner. Silly me.

    2. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! So true that we looked up to those players before us -I believe the 1985 starting 5 were: Steve Taylor, James Lamond, Rod Ast, Ray Doyle, Daryl Steinberg.

    3. I remember when I was in grade 2 watching all you guys in awe play basketball at McKay. Great memories.

  2. Hi Bryan. Rod Ast graduated in 1984. The second starting guard in 1985 alongside Ray Doyle was Chris Reeves. His nickname, of course was “Superman”.

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