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1986-2006 Rockford Lightning

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1989-90 Rockford Lightning ProgramContinental Basketball Association (1986-2006)
International Basketball League (2001)

Born: 1986 – The Baltimore Lightning relocate to Rockford, IL
Folded: 2006

Arena: Rockford MetroCentre (8,700)

Team Colors: Blue & Orange

Dance Team: The Lightning Flashes

Owners:

  • 1986-????: Jay Polian
  • 1993-1998: Wayne Timpe, et al.
  • 1998-2004: Wayne Timpe & Judy Timpe
  • 2004-2006: Judy Timpe

CBA Champions:

 

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==Slideshow==

 

==Rockford Lightning Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1989-90

1989-90 12/2/1989 vs. Pensacola Tornados ?? Program

 

==In Memoriam==

Lightning owner Wayne Timpe died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2004 at the age of 62.

 

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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1987-1989 Rochester Flyers

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1987-88 CBA Media GuideContinental Basketball Association (1987-1989)

Born: 1987 – The Wisconsin Flyers relocate to Rochester, MN
Moved: 1989 (Omaha Racers)

Arena: Mayo Civic Center (5,200)

Team Colors: Royal Blue, Columbia Blue & Gold

Dance Team: The Flight Crew

Owner: Norm Gillette, Jr.

CBA Championships: None

 

Short-lived minor league basketball franchise that made its home in Rochester, Minnesota, not New York.  The Rochester Flyers posted losing seasons in both years of operation, including a last place 16-38 record in the Continental Basketball Association season during the 1988-89 season.

Flyers owner Norm Gillette Jr.’s father owned the rival La Crosse Catbirds CBA franchise in Wisconsin during the same era.  The Gillette family owned an Upper Midwest Pepsi bottling franchise with plants in La Crosse, Rochester, Mankato, Minnesota and Decorah, Iowa. In the spring of 1989 the younger Gillette cut his basketball losses in Rochester (estimated at $350,000 over two years) and sold the team to Omaha, Nebraska interests.

 

==In Memoriam==

Former Flyers owner Norm Gillette, Jr. died of pancreatic cancer in May 2003 at the age of 61. La Crosse Tribune obituary.

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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Written by andycrossley

January 21st, 2016 at 9:32 pm

1987-1995 Rapid City Thrillers

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1990-91 Rapid City Thrillers ProgramContinental Basketball Association (1987-1995)

Born: March 16, 1987 – The Tampa Bay Thrillers relocate to Rapid City, SD
Moved: July 18, 1995 (Florida Beachdogs)

Arena: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (8,000)

Team Colors: Red, White & Blue

Owner: John Samuelson

CBA Champions: 1987

 

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==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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Written by andycrossley

January 21st, 2016 at 9:28 pm

1985-1991 Pensacola Tornados

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Continental Basketball Association (1986-1991)

Born: December 1985 – The Toronto Tornados relocate to Pensacola, FL.
Moved: 1991 (Birmingham Bandits)

Arena: Pensacola Civic Center (9,856)

Team Colors: Red, White & Blue

Owners:

CBA Championships: None

 

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==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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1986-1989 Charleston Gunners

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1987-88 CBA Media GuideContinental Basketball Association (1986-1989)

Born: 1986 – The Florida Stingers relocate to Charleston, WV
Moved: 1989 (Columbus Horizon)

Arena: Charleston Civic Center (12,266)

Team Colors: Blue & Gold

Owner: Jack Catalano

CBA Championships: None

 

The Charleston Gunners were a West Virginia-based minor league basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association during the late 1980’s.

The Gunners were a bust both on the court and at the box office. The team posted a CBA-record 17-game losing streak during the 1987-88 season. In three years, the Gunners never finished with a winning record. During the Gunners’ final season in Charleston in 1988-89, team owner Jack Catalano lamented:

Instead of having the announcer introduce the players, I should have him introduce the fans.”

The franchise was sold off and moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1989.

 

==In Memoriam==

Former Gunners owner Jack Catalano died after a battle with leukemia on November 1, 2011 at the age of 76.

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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Written by andycrossley

January 21st, 2016 at 8:58 pm