“It matters not that you won or lost,
but how you played the game.”


1971-72 and 1972-1973 Stagg High School Basketball Teams

1971-72 Delta Kings (alphabetically): Don Adams, Rodney Alcover, Russell Coleman, Doug Dunn, Jamie Flores, Dan Gordon, John Hurley, Ed McCarra, Craig Minetto, Chris Mountjoy, Richard Witzke; Head Coach: Tom Conway; Assistance Coach: Bob Thomason; Manager: George Chimiklis


1972-73 Delta Kings (alphabetically): Rodney Alcover, Steve Bannon, Russell Coleman, Steve Copple, Dick Criner, Craig Gainza, John Hurley, Steve Klein, Rich Knudson, Carl Washington, David Washington, Richard Witzke, Stan Zucchelli; Head Coach: Tom Conway; Assistant Coach: Bob Thomason; Manager: Robert Lee


During an unprecedented run from 1971-73, the two Stagg boys basketball teams won 53 consecutive games, which included two C.I.F. Sac-Joaquin Section championship titles.

The 1971-72 team finished 25-0 and beat Placer High School in the Section Champion- ship game.

The 1972-73 team finished 28-0 and defeated Grace Davis of Modesto in the Section Championship game. At that time, high school competition ended at the section level.

In the second year, Stagg beat Elk Grove, which had future NBA great 7’0” Bill Cartwright on their team. Tom Conway was the coach of both teams. Tom would coach at Modesto Junior College from 1984 to 1997. He was assisted by Bob Thomason, who would later coach the University of the Pacific team for 25 years after coaching at Escalon and Turlock High Schools and at Columbia Junior College. Also assisting was Rob DeWitt, who would coach at San Joaquin Delta College after a stint at Tracy High School.

Four players were integral parts of both teams: Roger Alcover, Russ Coleman, John Hurley, and Richard Witzke.

The Stagg teams employed a motion offense with constant ball and player movements. They also employed the UCLA 2-3 full court press, which gave the opposition serious problems. Without a doubt, the Delta Kings ruled the boys high school basketball world from 1971-73.


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