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Siouxlander remembers Iowa State's 1944 Final Four team

Iowa State's 1944 team played in the Final Four in Kansas City. Iowa State's 1944 team played in the Final Four in Kansas City.
PAULLINA, Iowa (KTIV) - Iowa State made the Final Four once. That was 70 years ago when only eight teams qualified for the NCAA tournament.

That Cyclone team had three Siouxland starters. Roy Ewoldt of Paullina was a starter on that team, along with twin brothers Ray and Roy Wehde of Holstein.

ISU beat Pepperdine in their first tournament game, which was held in Kansas City. The Cyclones then lost to Utah in the Final Four.

Marilyn Ewoldt is Roy's widow and still lives in Paullina, Iowa. She was a student at Drake at the time, and says the Final Four didn't get nearly the same attention then as it does now.

"I didn't even know he went off to this game," said Marilyn Ewoldt. "I probably could have listened to it on the radio but I didn't know he was there. It just wasn't important to me. Isn't that strange? He would come down on the weekend and we would visit but it wasn't upper most in his mind. He was good but he never bragged. He was not that kind of a guy. I saw him play and in those days in basketball games, if they scored more than 30 points, that was unusual. It was fun to watch him play. They were good."

Roy Ewoldt attended Iowa State for just one year and also played baseball before entering the Air Force in World War II.

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