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Indiana boys basketball: year-by-year capsules (1960-69)

Indiana boys basketball: year-by-year capsules (1960-69)

YEAR 50 {1960}

Senators refuse to back down

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coach John Baratto would not allow his East Chicago Washington players to be intimidated by the challenge they faced in the state championship game at Butler Fieldhouse.

Before the tournament began, sportswriters throughout the state labeled Muncie Central as the clear-cut favorite to win it all. The Bearcats dismantled Bloomington 102-66 to advance to the title game, setting a new record for most points scored by a team in the state finals. Plus, Muncie Central standout forward Ron Bonham scored 40 points in that game, giving him the record for most points scored by an individual in the state finals.

East Chicago Washington (28-2) didn't show any fear, though, as it pounded previously unbeaten Muncie Central 75-59 in the championship game.

Forward Phil Dawkins led the Senators with 21 points. Center Jim Bakos added 17 points, and Bob Cantrell, the recipient of the Trester Award for Mental Attitude, had 11.

In East Chicago Washington's 62-61 win against Fort Wayne Central, Cantrell paced the Senators with 15 points.

YEAR 51 {1961}

Kokomo triumphs in OT

INDIANAPOLIS | Kokomo completed an improbable comeback to capture a 68-66 victory in the first state title game decided in overtime since 1918.

The Wildcats trailed the Indianapolis Manual Redskins by seven points with 1:07 remaining in regulation. Kokomo, however, rallied to tie the scored 62-62 with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter, ultimately forcing the game into overtime at Butler Fieldhouse.

Indianapolis Manual standout forward Dick VanArsdale made a shot to tie the score 66-66 with 26 seconds left. Then Kokomo forward Ronald Hughes was fouled with three seconds on the game clock. He made both foul shots to lift Kokomo to its dramatic victory.

Hughes finished with a team-high 20 points, and center James Ligon, who fouled out in overtime, added 19 points.

VanArsdale led Indianapolis Manual with 26 points and his twin brother, Tom, tallied 17 points before fouling out with 2:54 left in the game. The VanArsdale twins were named co-recipients of the Trester Award for Mental Attitude.

In the state semifinal games, Kokomo routed Logansport 87-66 and Indianapolis Manual thrashed Tell City 70-55.

The Region connection

Roosevelt suffered a 62-61 loss against Lebanon in a semifinal of the Lafayette Semistate. Lebanon then lost to Logansport 84-65.

YEAR 52 {1962}

Bulldogs win clash of former champs

INDIANAPOLIS | Each of the Final Four teams had won a state championship before, but only Evansville Bosse would emerge as a titlist this time.

The Bulldogs did so by edging East Chicago Washington 84-81 in the state title game at Butler Fieldhouse.

Gene Lockyear scored 24 points, fellow forward Gary Grieger had 22 and guard Jerry Southwood added 18 to help Evansville Bosse (26-2) prevail against the Senators.

Standout guard Bob Miles led East Chicago Washington with 30 points in the championship game, but the Senators stumbled in their quest to capture their second title in three years. He also scored a game-high 32 points in the Senators' 74-73 semifinal victory against defending state champion Kokomo.

Center Jim Ligon paced Kokomo in its loss against East Chicago Washington.

Lockyear had 17 points, Grieger tallied 17 and guard John Wilson, the winner of the Trester Award for Mental Attitude, added 16 as Evansville Bosse conquered previously unbeaten Madison 79-75 to reach its showdown against East Chicago Washington in the title game.

YEAR 53 {1963}

Bearcats raise bar

INDIANAPOLIS | Muncie Central established a new record by winning its fifth state championship.

The Bearcats won their first state title since 1952 with the guidance of first-year coach Dwight Tallman.

Forward Rick Jones scored 20 points to help Muncie Central (29-1) avenge its only loss of the season with a 65-61 victory over South Bend Central in the title game at Butler Fieldhouse. Forward Mike Rolf and center Glinder Torain added 14 points apiece for the Bearcats.

Mike Warren led South Bend Central with a game-high 22 points with the championship at stake.

In its 73-71 semifinal victory against Lafayette Jefferson, Muncie Central had four players score in double figures. Jones had 24, Rolf 14, guard Andy Higgins 13 and Torain 12.

Lafayette Jefferson's Dave Morrison scored a game-high 27 points in his team's loss.

In the other semifinal, South Bend Central crushed Terre Haute Garfield 72-45.

The Region connection

East Chicago Washington, led by standout center Rich Mason, fell short against Lafayette Jefferson 73-68 in a semifinal of the Lafayette Semistate.

YEAR 54 {1964}

Bronchos run away with title

INDIANAPOLIS | In its seventh appearance in the state championship game, Lafayette Jefferson captured its third title with a 58-55 win against Huntington at Butler Fieldhouse.

Lafayette Jefferson (28-1) had a one-point lead late in the game and secured its victory when forward Dave Morrison made a layup off an assist from guard Jack Walkey. Guard Denny Brady led the Bronchos with 17 points. Center Steve Ricks had 13 points, and forward Terry Stillabower added 10.

Coach Marion Crawley won his second state title with Lafayette Jefferson and fourth overall.

Brady scored 19 points and Walkey added 16 to help the Bronchos beat Evansville Rex Mundi 74-61 to reach the title game. In the other semifinal, Mike Weaver, the winner of the Trester Award for Mental Attitude, scored 22 points to lead Huntington to a 71-67 win against Columbus.

The Region connection

Valparaiso suffered a 73-67 setback at the hands of eventual state champion Lafayette Jefferson in the championship game of the Lafayette Semistate. Huntington was coach by 1944 Hammond High grad Bob Straight.

YEAR 55 {1965}

Continentals take crown

INDIANAPOLIS | Indianapolis Washington used its speed and a relentless full-court press to win its first state championship.

Guard Billy Keller led the Continentals with 25 points as they prevailed against Fort Wayne North 64-57 in the state title game at Butler Fieldhouse.

Indianapolis Washington (29-2) became just the second school from Indianapolis to win a state championship. Crispus Attucks had previously claimed the crown in 1955, 1956 and 1959.

Keller scored 22 points and Eddie Bopp, winner of the Trester Award for Mental Attitude, had 19 points to help Indianapolis Washington eliminate Princeton 88-76 in a semifinal. Larry Kidwell scored a game-high 26 points for Princeton, but Indianapolis Washington countered with five players who scored in double figures.

In the other semifinal, guard Dave Moser scored 24 points to pace Fort Wayne North as it defeated top-ranked Gary Roosevelt 74-65. Dolph Pulliam led the Panthers with 19 points in their losing effort.

YEAR 56 {1966}

Michigan City triumphs

INDIANAPOLIS | In its first appearance in the Final Four, Michigan City took home the top honor.

Forward James Cadwell scored 21 points to lead Michigan City to a 63-52 win against Indianapolis Tech at Butler University's newly named Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Mike Price matched Cadwell's performance with 21 points for Indianapolis Tech, but his supporting cast couldn't match its opponents' production as guard O'Neil Simmons and center Terry Morse added 12 and 11 points, respectively for Michigan City (26-3).

Cadwell, the recipient of the Trester Award for Mental Attitude, had 23 points and guard Larry Gipson scored 18 to lead Michigan City past East Chicago Washington 81-64 in a semifinal. Coach Doug Adams' Michigan City team had knocked off former state champions Kokomo and Anderson to reach the Final Four.

Price scored 17 points to lift Indianapolis Tech to a 58-51 win over Cloverdale in the other semifinal.

Butler University changed the name of its facility from Butler Fieldhouse to Hinkle Fieldhouse to honor Paul D. Hinkle, its athletic director and head coach of the Bulldogs' football, basketball and baseball teams.

YEAR 57 {1967}

Ford powers Huskies to title

INDIANAPOLIS | Evansville North had never even won a sectional before its glorious postseason run of 1967.

Behind the offensive power of center Bob Ford, the Huskies edged Lafayette Jefferson 60-58 at Hinkle Fieldhouse to win their first state championship.

Ford set a new four-game record of 128 points during the Huskies' run. He had a game-high 27 points in the title game. Guard Steve Holland added 15 points for Evansville North (27-2).

Lafayette Jefferson coach Marion Crawley was seeking his fifth state championship. Erik Jacobson scored 17 points and teammate John VanKurin added 14 to lead Lafayette Jefferson against coach Jim Rausch's Huskies.

The city of Evansville had produced state champions before, but the titlists in 1944, 1945 and 1962 all hailed from Bosse High School.

Ford tallied 35 points in the Huskies' 66-56 semifinal triumph over New Castle.

Jacobson led Lafayette Jefferson with 24 points in its 79-70 victory against Fort Wayne South in the other semifinal.

The Region connection

Gary Roosevelt fell to Lafayette Jefferson 65-59 in a semifinal of the Lafayette Semistate, and Michigan City suffered a 47-43 defeat against Fort Wayne South in a semifinal of the Fort Wayne Semistate.

YEAR 58 {1968}

Panthers overpower their foes

INDIANAPOLIS | While capturing its first state title, Gary Roosevelt began a five-year streak in which teams from the Region appeared in the state championship game. Three of those teams won it all.

Forward Aaron Smith scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Panthers (22-5) to a 68-60 victory against Indianapolis Shortridge with the title on the line at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Center Jim Nelson added 12 points for Roosevelt.

In Roosevelt's 65-48 rout of Vincennes in a semifinal, Smith carried the Panthers again, this time with a game-high 19 points. Nelson, the winner of the Trester Award for Mental Attitude, scored 14 points to help Roosevelt, which was coached by Louis "Bo" Mallard, reach the championship game.

Indianapolis Shortridge advanced to its showdown against Roosevelt by sneaking past Marion 58-56. Shortridge's Oscar Evans hit a last-second shot to propel his team into the title game. He also paced Indianapolis Shortridge with 23 points against Roosevelt.

YEAR 59 {1969}

Tolleston falls to McGinnis and Co.

INDIANAPOLIS | Gary Tolleston knocked off one undefeated team but couldn't do it again when it mattered most.

With standout big men George McGinnis and Steve Downing roaming the paint for Indianapolis Washington, Tolleston fell to the Continentals 79-76 in the state championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

McGinnis scored 35 points, and Downing added 20 to help Indianapolis Washington (31-0) become just the third undefeated state titlist.

With one loss heading into the state finals, Gary Tolleston was the only Final Four team that wasn't undefeated.

Henry Goodes led Gary Tolleston with 27 points in the championship game. He also scored 13 in the Blue Raiders' 77-66 semifinal victory against favored Vincennes.

With Bill Green in his first year as varsity coach at Indianapolis Washington, the Continentals reached the title game by edging Marion 61-60. Downing gave the Continentals the lead with about 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Marion's final shot was then blocked by Downing, and McGinnis recovered the loose ball to seal his team's win.

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