The year of Elkhorn's near threepeat

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Todd Mishler | March 13, 2014

ELKHORN -- The details may become a little fuzzier every year, but the stories get better with each telling. And what they accomplished never loses its luster.

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Every state has experienced its high school version of March Madness -- first coined in Illinois in 1939. Wisconsin has enjoyed that postseason euphoria since the initial WIAA boys state basketball tournament in 1916, and Stateline area teams have helped create that illustrious history, one that will add more nostalgia this coming weekend in Madison.

Elkhorn wrote the bulk of its chapter under legendary Hall of Fame coach Fred Suchy from 1978 to 1980, winning the Class B title the first two years before falling to Wautoma in its attempt at a three-peat.

Darrin Davey at point guard and Fred Suchy Jr. at wing/forward were seniors on the 1978 squad, while Jeff Anderson, another forward, was a starter on both trophy-winning squads.

They agreed there is nothing like playing for and winning the gold ball. However, they said dramatic wins in regionals and sectionals often created more lasting memories than actually lifting the ultimate hardware.

“We had lots of good coaches and players at that time … playing teams like Whitewater and Delavan provided us with good competition during the year, and it didn't get any easier in our regional,” said Davey, a left-handed playmaker who formed an explosive outside-inside combination with Bob Hann. “That '78 team, we lost two close games to Whitewater during the regular season, but then we beat them (in the second round). And then the wild, crazy sectional final against Mayville. That was such a grueling game … so many times we thought we had it won and then thought we had lost it.”

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