On March 18, 1972, Connersville High School won the first of its two boy’s state basketball championships — titles won in the days of the one-class system. Thanks to a special section published then by the
Connersville News-Examiner, here’s a chance to stroll down the Memory Lane known as ‘the Spartans are state champions!’ — kh
1972 Mr. Basketball Phillip Cox hoists the championship trophy after the Spartans defeated Gary West, 80-63. (UPI Photo)
Center Gerald Thomas was a force in Connersville’s 76-69 double-overtime win against Jeffersonville, finishing with 19 points and 9 rebounds. (Bill Crone photo)
Junior forward Jerry Ellis had 17 points and 8 rebounds against Jeffersonville — but ‘Mr. Jarry’ saved the day for CHS against the Red Devils when he chased down forward Pat Bryant, made a miraculous shot block, grabbed the rebound and got the ball to Jimmy Free, who made a free throw to send the game into overtime. (Joe Glowacki photo)
The pressure was on guard Jimmy Free when he was fouled with 10 seconds to play against Jeffersonville, but the sophomore calmly sank the first of a 1-and-1 situation, sending the game into overtime. (Glowacki photo)
CHS cheerleaders Sheryl Reihman, Patti Thomas and Marcia Dobbs (left to right) wait for a Spartan to knock down a free throw. (Glowacki photo)
Spartan guard Gary Redelman (left photo) prepares to nail a jump shot against Gary West; Phil Cox accepts the championship trophy from IHSAA board president R.M. Liechty. (Photos: Joe Glowacki and Bill Crone)
The Spartans receive their championship rings from IHSAA Commissioner Phil Eskew; CHS cheerleader Judy Struewing was intense as the semifinal game neared the end (Glowacki photos); Connersville coach Myron Dickerson and his wife Nancy were a happy couple when the title was secured. (UPI photo)
Senior forward Charles Ford (top) came off the bench to give the Spartans a big lift in their win over Jeffersonville, finishing with 5 points, 3 rebounds and an assist. (Bill Crone photo); the Spartans’ championship was a sweet birthday present for CHS Athletic Director Charles Heck, who also got a big hug from Nancy Dickerson after the game. (Glowacki photo)
The rear page of the News-Examiner’s special section said what all Connersviile residents were thinking.
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