The Panthers, who were coached by Larry Dick in 1968 and Marlo Griebel in '69 and '70, were Class A Iowa State Champions all three of those years, beating Ottumwa Walsh in the '68 championship game, 72-66, repeating over Walsh in 1969 by a 74-58 score, then capping it off in 1970 by beating Mid-Prairie of Wellman, 78 -70.
The era is frequently referred to as "The Fegebank Era," due to dominating post player Neil Fegebank, who was at the center of a galaxy of Panther stars all three years. The 6-7 Fegebank went on to start for three years for Coach Dick Schultz' Iowa Hawkeyes and was later a member of the 1980 National AAU Champion Airliner Basketball Club of Iowa City, along with several other former Hawkeyes, including Glenn Vidnovic, Clay Hargrave, William Mayfield, Fred Haberecht, Tom Norman and Dick Peth. Fegebank was later named to the IHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame, and was joined in the Iowa Hall by a later Panther star of three State Championship teams, Randy Kraayenbrink.
After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Business Studies from the U of I, Fegebank headed for the sunny clime of Florida, and he has been employed by Swagelok Florida Fluid Technologies since 1977. Swagelok was founded in 1947 and the company's core product line, the Swagelok® tube fitting, has since been expanded to include tees, elbows, reducers, thermocouple connectors, quick-connects, and other fitting products in a wide range of materials.
Swagelok is now a global company, with 57 companies on all six continents. They have emphasized innovative design, reliable performance and the diligent manufacture of quality fluid system components., and their products are now distributed globally, on all six continents, through a network of exclusive, authorized sales and service centers, dedicated to unfailing high standards of customer support.
Neil Fegebank, who resides in Winter Park, Florida, now serves as a Territory Manager for Swagelok. His territory covers Flagler, Marion, Volusia, Seminole, Sumter and east Orange County.