Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The 2d District Tournament in 1975

Here's our own beloved Second District in 1975 (all games in Lone Oak): 

St. Mary 73, Reidland 64 
Paducah Tilghman 45, Heath 23 (Heath was coached by Frank Wright) 
Lone Oak 91, St. Mary 90 
Paducah Tilghman 86, Ballard Mem. 56 
Paducah Tilghman 91, Lone Oak 63 

Prior to the 1965-66 school year, there was an African-American school in Paducah known as Paducah Lincoln. 

In 1956, Heath won the 2d District Tournament with wins over Lone Oak (64-54 in overtime), St. Mary (98-63), and Tilghman (72-71). I'm pretty sure that the jerseys from this team were the jerseys hanging in the Heath Gym when I was in high school. Heath went to the 1st Region tournament, where the Pirates beat Fulgham 96-67 in the quarte-finals -- but lost 60-49 in overtime to Benton in the semi-finals. Heath finished with a record of 30-1, and its coach -- Bill Carter -- was named the C-J's Coach of the Year. (Mayfield blew out Benton, 49-32, in the regional final.) 

Ballard Memorial was formed before the 1952-53 school year. Before then, Ballard County had the following high schools: Bandana, Barlow-Kevil, Blandville, LaCenter, and Wickliffe.

1 comment:

  1. I go to church with a fellow named Bill Wright who is about the same age as Frank Wright was when we were at Heath. Church Mr. Wright looks a little (just a little) like Heath Mr. Wright. I called this guy "Frank" for about the first two years that we lived here in Madisonville.