Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The 1948 State Basketball Champions
Pictured are the state champs in 1948. Front Row L to R Curtiss Greenhill, Bill Maness Rowan, Hoyt "Tooter" Woods, Thomas "Bucket" Morris, Mitchell Putt, Herman Surratt. Back Row L to R - Lowell Wallis (Mgr), Buddy Wardlaw, Wayne Parks, Hoyle Penna, Hickman Miller, James "Babe" McCarthy (Coach).
Coach McCarthy had been coach at BHS for only a short while, but piloted the amazing team above to the finals in Jackson. They played the semi-finals on a Saturday afternoon and advanced to the final that was played that same evening.
The games were broadcast on radio and after the townfolk heard the Bearcats were going to be playing for the championship that night, quite a few people loaded into cars and literally "burned the road up" going down to root for the team.
After the game was over the court was swamped by fans and the team carried high on people's shoulders. A news reporter asked Coach McCarthy if he could believe they had won. He shrugged his shoulders, put on his little grin, and said "well, that's the only reason we came down here today".