Ironton to honor 1993-94 Final Four team
What started unceremoniously finished as the most historic moment in Ironton basketball history.
Ironton began the postseason with a losing record but finished in the state tournament. The 1993-94 team will be honored prior to Friday’s game when Ironton hosts Peebles in a 20th anniversary celebration.
The jayvee game will begin at 4 p.m. with the team honored at the conclusion of the game.
The Fighting Tigers started the 1993-94 postseason sectional tournament with an 8-9 record.
Make that a deceptive 8-9 record.
Coming off a football playoff run that ended with a heartbreaking 13-10 overtime loss to Wauseon in the state championship game, Ironton’s basketball program started more than a month behind schedule.
In fact, eight members of the basketball team played football. All were vital members on both teams.
What ensued was a run through opponents at the next three levels as Ironton polished off Steubenville in the Class AA regional championship game to earn the programs’ first-ever berth in the Final Foul state tournament.
Ironton lost in the state semifinals at St. John Arena 65-62 to a familiar opponent: Wauseon.
Ironton was led by head coach Phil Rice who had guided the Fighting Tigers to six regional appearances. His assistant coaches were Paul Fugitt and Chris Barnes.
Team members were: Jermon Jackson, Tom Kelley, Sean Southers, Ryan Guthrie, J.J. King, Jason Click, Cary Williams, Damon Pringle, Mike Freeman, Marq Davis, Pat Mahlmeister, Mark White, Troy Sands and Travis Wylie.
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