Joe Raymond attended twelve years of grade school and high school at Sacred Heart. He was an all-state football and basketball player during his high school career. As a junior, he led the basketball team to the Catholic Regional Tournament, which they won by defeating Duluth Cathedral. The team advanced to the state tournament and won the consolation championship.
The 1952-1953 basketball team was the first team from Sacred Heart to make it to the state tournament and was made up of players who were not tall enough, fast enough, or good enough to accomplish their goals unless they exhibited good teamwork. Many spectators believed that they had the ability to read each other’s minds on and off the court.
When the games were close or the tide was turning against them, the team would look for someone to step up. That “someone” was usually Joe and he would help his team by making a shot, stealing the ball, or delivering the perfect pass. According to teammate Mike Gaddie, when the going got tough, it was Joe Raymond who carried us.
Joe played hard in football and basketball at Sacred Heart, and his skills in basketball helped the school earn its first trip to the state tournament. Because of his ability to lead, Joe has significantly contributed to the athletic excellence at Sacred Heart.