Among the prominent photographs hanging on a west wall inside Franklin Community High School are those displaying the 1972-73 and 1973-74 boys basketball teams.
Comb-overs, knee-high socks and jackets loud enough to warrant technical fouls provide those who gaze only the most basic components of coach Dick Harmening’s back-to-back state finalists.
The picture on the left falls short of advertising how a junior-dominated squad made it all the way to Indiana University’s Assembly Hall, host of the IHSAA State Finals during construction of Market Square Arena. On the right, lost in the colorful magnificence, is how the Grizzly Cubs managed to live up to expectations born the previous season.
One program. Two teams. Hundreds of stories.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first of Franklin’s most recent boys basketball state finalists, the school is honoring both teams at halftime of tonight’s Mid-State Conference game against visiting Martinsville.