State hoops champs look back

Third Saturday pays tribute to boys hoops title teams
by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


MEMBERS OF THE 1974 and 1975 state championship Sheboygan Falls High School boys basketball teams were on hand, during a Sheboygan County Historical Society Third Saturday program Saturday, July 19, at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum. Pictured left to right are Mike Debbink, John Mauer, Steve Stoffregen and Dave Mulder. 
Falls Newsphoto bySteve Ottman MEMBERS OF THE 1974 and 1975 state championship Sheboygan Falls High School boys basketball teams were on hand, during a Sheboygan County Historical Society Third Saturday program Saturday, July 19, at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum. Pictured left to right are Mike Debbink, John Mauer, Steve Stoffregen and Dave Mulder. Falls Newsphoto bySteve Ottman SHEBOYGAN - The Sheboygan County Historical Society honored the 1974 and 1975 Sheboygan Falls High School basketball teams on the 40th anniversary of winning backto back state championships, during a special Third Saturday program Saturday, July 19, at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum.

Members of the team were on hand to display the history of the two Falcons championships along with the two state championship trophies.

Four players were able to attend and relive the memories of the two state titles. John Mauer, David Mulder and Steve Stoffregen who played on both state championship teams, and Mike Debbink, who was on the 1975 team, were among the Falcons’ players on hand.

Team members reminisced how their coach, Arden Luker, would have a lot of fun with them. They also acknowledged that the teams’ considerable talent helped them to run many teams right off the floor.

Although Luker was unable to attend the event, he still lives in Falls and likes to take trips to his summer cottage.

Luker, who coached from 1954-1985, had attended the state boys basketball tournament as a spectator for over 20 years, keeping his ticket stubs from each one.

In 1974, when his Falcons made it to state, Luker said he would wear a white suit, stressing that the team was going to Madison to win it all. That suit turned out to be lucky as Falls topped Kiel 55-52 in the state title game.

In 1975, the Falcons were very dominant, bringing back all but three players from the 1974 state championship team.

Falls cruised over Whitewater 86-57 in the sectional final, stopped Prairie Du Chien 71- 59 and stunned Wittenburg-Birnamwood 78-60 in the state title game.

Falls set two state tournament records for 77 attempted field goals in one game and 115 total rebounds in two games.

“Once we got to Madison in 1974, never being in the field house before, it was an enormous setting,” said Mulder. “We had great athletes, had a lot of fun and great success.”

Stoffregen recalled that no Sheboygan Falls boys basketball team had ever made it out of the regional before 1974.

“We were extremely excited and confident,” said Stoffregen. “It was great experience. In the second year people expected us to win, so it was more business-like.”

The Falcons returned nine players from the 1974 team and were expected to repeat.

“In grade school, I could remember the Milwaukee teams in the state championship,” recalled Stoffregen. “In my mind we were going to be there.”

Debbink only played on the 1975 team, but he recalled playing defense on players from the 1974 team. He also was injured during the regular season of 1975 and rehabbed to play at state.

“I wasn’t sure how much I was going to play as a junior,” said Debbink. “It was a thrilling experience and it was great to be a part of it. All of the communities should enjoy that experience.”

Debbink, who was also part of the 1976 team that lost to St. Francis in the sectional final, said that after the 1975 win the team had breakfast with the governor.

Mauer stated that Luker was easy to play for and made basketball fun.

“He made us work, but it wasn’t work,” Mauer said. “We had a lot of great athletes.”

Mauer said the 1974 and 1975 championship seasons were filled with great memories.

“We had a lot of fun,” said Mauer. “We brought our community together and put Falls on the map. Gee, 40 years seems like yesterday.”

1974 state championship roster - Gig Christenson, Tod Christenson, Jim Endsley, Dick Kracht, John Mauer, Dean Mentink, Dave Mulder, Denny O’Reilly, Tim Otte, Ric Schnur, Steve Stoffregen, Chuck Tank. Coaches Arden Luker, Dick Roeber, Bill Schwartz.

1975 state championship roster - Bill Blust, Gig Christenson, Mike Debbink, Jim Endsley, Dick Kracht, John Mauer, Dean Mentink, Dave Mulder, Ric Schnur, Steve Stoffregen, Chuck Tank, Dave Wickmann.


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