Lau often found gaps in the Adams defense and his teammates hit him with sharp passes for layups. Goshen never attempted a shot from beyond five feet.
Hossler blossomed into a standout player that season and was Elkhart County scoring champion with 484 points for a 21.0 average. Lau tallied 326, Cotherman 188, Stacker 122, Lindhorn 120 and Bowser 105.
Hossler topped the 20-point mark 15 times that season with a high of 29 during a tough 62-56 sectional championship game loss to Northridge.
That came a night after the Redskins derailed No. 7-ranked Penn, 60-44, with Hossler netting 25 and Lau 12. Jim Hahn, future Concord coach, played for the Kingsmen that year.
Lau had high games of 23 against both Adams and Concord, Cotherman 18 against both South Bend Clay and Wawasee, Stacker 14 against Elkhart Central and Lindhorn 11 against Clay.
The Redskins finished with a 15-8 record, the program’s best since Cosgrove’s regional champions were 21-5 in 1968-69.
The current Tippecanoe Valley team is guided by the legendary Bill Patrick who was coaching his 1,000th varsity game the night the Vikings set the state record.
Patrick, now 75, graduated from Sidney High School in 1956 and Manchester College in 1960.
The win over Northfield made his career record 720-280 in 45 seasons - one at Sidney, four at South Whitley, 24 at Whitko and 16 at Valley.
Tippecanoe Valley will be defending champion in the upcoming local Class 3A sectional.
Amazingly, the coaching paths of Tuggle and Patrick crossed 42 years ago when an unbeaten West Noble team coached by Tuggle defeated Patrick’s Whitko club, 85-59.
West Noble won its first 15 games that season before dropping a 67-63 decision at Fairfield. This past Friday, another undefeated Charger team journeyed to Fairfield.
Kent Saggars, Phil Wysong, Dan Rarick, Dave Vanette and Eric Wolfe were starters for that 1972 West Noble club which finished with a 21-2 record, dropping a 57-55 East Noble sectional sizzler to the host Knights.