Published On: Wed, Feb 27th, 2013

Hartington grads recall their school’s four-year title run

HARTINGTON —  The current post-season success of several area basketball teams has got some area residents thinking back to another great local team of the past.

The Hartington Wildcats started a successful four-year post-season run 60 years ago this week.

Larry Folkers was a guard for the 1953-56 Hartington Public School basketball team, which posted a 77-11 record, won three District titles and made three State tournament appearances.

Folkers said the team had plenty of talent, but no egos.

“We didn’t have anyone out there trying to make a name for themselves,” Folkers said. “We were a pretty cohesive team.”

Darell Bobier coached Hartington Public to a 21-2 record in 1953. In post season play, they were Cedar County and conference champs and pummeled the teams they played in Districts, beating Allen 88-39 in the first round.

Following their 71-42 trouncing of Laurel in the semifinal round, the team went on to a 74-46 win over Coleridge for the District championship. Jim Nelson, a guard from 1952-55, recalls how exciting it was for the school to make it to State for the first time in 23 years.

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