While many people are looking forward to the future to when the Coronavirus pandemic will be over, some are looking to the past and what legacy it has left for Quincy.
This year’s basketball season would mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Jackrabbit basketball team which placed fourth at the state competition that year. That season the basketball team saw a second straight regional title and earned themselves a trip to Tacoma for the state tournament.
Gary Lindberg, a past Post-Register sports editor recalled what he called the “infamous carrot game” that year. According to Lindberg, Quincy and Wapato battled for the second time in the season on March 13, 1971 in the regional finals. Wapato had beat Quincy in the first face-off, and Lindberg said that the Wapato fans were so sure they were going to beat the Jackrabbits again that they snuck in carrots so they could wave them at the losers. This time however, Quincy came out on top 80-62. “We learned from our mistakes,” said Kelly Field, a player on the ‘71 team. Lindberg said that after the loss, the carrots were thrown across the gym floor.
The 1971 team included Mario Agripino, Mike Kniep, Gary Hauber, Kelly Field, Stan Faw, Bruce Woodworth, Randy Peterson, Rex Lesemann, Dell Dittus, Jim Tobin, Doug Stetner and Jeff Davison. Many of these names may sound familiar because many of them have stayed or came back to Quincy to raise their own families, start a business or help build Quincy to be a better place to live.
The Quincy Jackrabbits walked away from the state tournament with fourth place, losing 61-69 to Central Kitsap. At the conclusion of the final tournament game, Jim Tobin was named all-tournament first team. The year prior, Quincy placed third in the AA state tournament.
Even though they walked away without the trophy, they walked away with memories and a legacy that is remembered 50 years later. No matter what happens for the basketball season this year, it is sure to be remembered 50 years from now as well.