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March 12, 2014

Local man continues sectional streak

GREENCASTLE — The beginning of March has never included a vacation or much variety with regards to Mill Creek School District resident Bob Fuson.

For Fuson, last Tuesday night at South Putnam marked the 69th consecutive year that he has attended an Indiana high school sectional basketball game.

“There have been parts of games that I’ve missed,” Fuson said. “Sometimes I would get to a game a few minutes late or it would be so one-sided that I would leave early, but I’ve been lucky and haven’t missed (a year).”

Many of the sectionals have been spent with his son, Jim, who was by his side Tuesday night watching Cascade play Covenant Christian.

“It was quite a run for a while,” Jim said. “It’s a little different now, but he’s been doing it a lot of years and saw a lot of high school basketball.”

Bob, 92, taught in Indiana for 43 years, and attended the games as a coach from 1944-64. During that time, he coached and taught at Amo, before it merged into Cascade. He also worked as the Cascade athletic director for a few years.

In fact, from 1944 to ‘67, Bob attended the sectional games through the state finals. In addition, he’s kept most of the programs and ticket stubs from those games. He said he’ll leave them for Jim to “do what he wants to with them.”

One of the more exciting games that Bob saw was the Milan state championship game that inspired the movie “Hoosiers.”

“I was there when Bobby Plump hit the basket against Muncie Central,” he said. “At Butler Fieldhouse, temporarily for the final, at the end they put bleachers up about 15 rows. He made the basket on the opposite end that I was sitting on.”

He also has a favorite player that he watched.

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