Basketball and Baseball
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mike Armacost grew up in Redlands, California. At Redlands Union High School, he was an exceptional student, athlete and leader. Captain of the basketball team, he also competed in football, swimming, tennis and track, and was elected President of the Senior Class.
At Carleton, Armacost confined his athletic efforts primarily to basketball and baseball, starting every game in those sports for three consecutive years. Twice All-Conference in both sports, he captained both teams, led the basketball team to the Midwest Conference title in 1957-58, and the baseball team to the Conference crown in 1957. One of the leading scorers in Carleton basketball history with 1,045 points over three seasons, his steady play is reflected in his year-by-year scoring totals of 354, 346, and 345 points. Winner of the Mattson Award in basketball, he took occasional time off in the spring to high jump, and usually win, in home dual meets, and in the fall of 1957 in his only try as a harrier, he placed 11th in the Conference cross country meet. President of Men’s League, he was also elected President of his graduating class.