The Westerner World (Lubbock, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, February 27, 1953 Page: 3 of 4
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Friday, February 27, 1953
THE WESTERNER WORLD
Westerner Cagers End Season In Sixth Place In I-AAA
Annual Cage Tournament
Is Fifth In LHS History
Unsuperstitious and eager to
begin, the Lubbock High school
Westerner basketball team opened
the 1952-’53 season by attending
the Borger tournament.
Overcome by the Capitol Hill
Indians of Oklahoma, 54 to 45,
Friday, Dec. 5, the cagers then
opened fire for a comeback the
following night. They proceeded
successfully as they defeated
Enid, Oklahoma, 59 to 53. High
scorer for Coach David Cook’s
hustling team both nights was Co-
Captain Gerry Thomas, who wag
chosen on the all-tournament
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, a nine-
game winning streak began as the
hopeful team defeated Snyder,
68 to 55, and again Thomas led
the scoring by stacking up 22
Walker Leads Scoring
Carroll Walker was high-point
man as the Westerner stomped
the Brownfield Cubs, 58 to 26.
The Cubs were ahead only once
in the game, when the score stood
5 to 4 in the first quarter.
The sharp-shooting Cookmen
then attended a 15-team tourna-
ment at Odessa. With a leap for-
ward the Westerners slipped by
Denver City with the scoreboard
reading 68 to 66. Again the Lub-
bock team simply eased another
victory as they overcame the
Odessa Broncos 59 to 58 in the
semi-final game. Then, in the over-
time finals with Sweetwater, the
end of the high-scoring game
found the Westerners victorious
with a margin of three points.
Dane Grant and Walker led in
scoring the 77 points.
For the second time in the sea-
son, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, the high
school cagers trompled over
Brownfield, 63 to 56, with Dale
'Ball making 21 points.
Two days later the high-spirited
youngsters met their conqueror
when the San Angelo Bobcats
defeated them in the Bobcat gym,
63 to 60. Thomas, high scorer,
was followed by Dennis Atkins.
Another loss for the team came
on Jan. 3 when the Westerners
journeyed to Abilene to be de-
feated by a disheartening score
of 65 to 64. Again, Thomas led
in . building up the score against
Thomas, Ball and Calvert were
sidelined, and the Tornadoes took
advantage of the Westerners set-
back. The final score was 62 to
Lubbock was host to the Mid-
land Bulldogs three days later.
More at ease on their own court,
they defeated the visitors 66 to 44.
The following night at Chap-
man feildhouse, the Odessa
Broncos wakled out with another
victory, 70 to 56.
The next Friday night at Chap-
man, the top-ranking Pampa Har-
vesters continued their charge for
the district championship as they
defeated the Westerners, 70 to 52.
Just Across The
Street From High School
The following day Lubbock
trounced the Borger Bulldogs 83
to 78, as Thomas racked up a
record 36 points.
The traditional battle for the
Westerners was played Friday,
Jan. 23, at Chapman fieldhouse,
as the Amarillo Sandies were Lub-
bock’s guests. An unusual number,
2500 fans, watched the fast mov-
ing game. At the half time the
score was Amarillo 31, Western-
ers 32. But as the court cleared at
the end of the game, shining on
the scoreboard was visitors 72,
home team 61.
Take Fourth Place
Leaping to fourth place in the
district, Walker led his team to a
79 to 65 victory over San Angelo.
The last game was played the
next night as Abilene was de-
feated 74 to 58. Atkins, scoring
18 points, led in the scoring.
The Westerners challenged the
Odessa Broncos Thursday, Feb. 5.
With forty seconds left to play,
the score was 56 to 50. Then in
thirty seconds the hustling Cal-
vert, Ball, and Co-Captain Jim
Crawford tied the game and sent
it into overtime. But luck failed
the Lubbockites and final score
recorded was Odessa 66, Lubbock
Journey to Midland
The journey carried Cook and
his boys to Midland. Success was
with the Westerners as they de-
feated the Midland Bulldogs, 51
On Friday 13, Pampa was not
affected and Lubbock was defeat-
ed 83 to 43.
The following night, Borger
came out on top and the Western-
ers came down in the district, the
score read Borger 70, Westerners
The final game was another
rival game between the Sandies
and Westerners. After the third
quarter, the score was 54 to 52 in
Lubbock’s favor. But Amarillo got
out their reserve energy and the
scoreboard stood Amarillo 78,
A hard season ended for Coach
Cook and his team as they placed
sixth in the 1-AAAA district.
Although he was hustling every
game, Co-Captain Gerry Thomas
was finally nosed out of the dis-
trict scoring for the 1953 season
by Jimmy Bond. It made it a little
hard for Thomas, playing on a
sixth place team, while Bond was
playing for Pampa, which won
district But Thomas did get a
record of 431 points for the sea-
son and 293 points in conference
play, to lead team scoring. The
scoring of other members of the
Westerner basketball team went
like this: Carroll Walker, 250;
Dale Ball, 232; Dennis Atkins,
231; Co-Captain Jim Crawford,
By Freda Brown
169; Dennis Calvert, 88;
Grant, 69;‘Chuck Key, 33; Royce
Shipp, 31; Eddie Brown, 22; Bill
Chappelle, four Jim Thrush, four;
and Jim Stanford, two. The West-
erners, who made the close ob-
servers in LHS proud of them,
even though they s did drag in
sixth, scored a total of 1,566 points
to their opponents, 1,508, and
Something new and different
began in Lubbock High school
four years ago!
After delays, postponements,
and a shortage of equipment that
for a while threatened to kill the
entire program, the first intra-
mural tournament in the history
of Lubbock High school got un-
der way Feb. 24, 1948. Participa-
tion in the tournament was ex-
cellent, with 37 of the school’s
The WESTERNER WORLD
sports staff sponsored the first
intramural tournament because
they felt that there was a need
for competitive activity for boys
who could not make the varsity
maintained a better than 62 per-
cent shooting average. There were
14 lettermen: 12 players and two
Speaking of baskiball, the
Westerners have selected their
“All-opponent team” of district
1-AAAA. Two of the five play-
ers on this all opponent team
were unanimous choices. Needless
to say they were Jimmy Bond of
Pampa, and Melvin Wright of
Amarillo. In addition to thse two,
the team was composed of Tuffy
Zellers, Odessa; Rookie Rogers,
Borger; and Jerry Turner, Abi-
Guidance 186, Mr. D. M. How-
ell’s homeroom, became the first
champion by beating guidance
212 in an exciting game which
ended with a score of 23 to 20.
The winner was awarded a gold
plaque which is passed on to each
However, for a while, it look-
ed as if intramural basketball was
doomed to be a failure because
two very necessary items of
equipment, a whistle and a stop
watch, could not be obtained.
Coach “Pat” Pattison and Mr.
Floyd Honey came to the rescue,
however, and a new LHS tradi-
tion was born.
Back in the good ’ole days of
1950, when intramural basketball
fees were only 50 cents, guidance
128, Miss Bessie Bullock’s home-
room, defeated guidance 134,
Coach Leon Batchelor’s room, by
a score of 27 to 12.
“Coach” Mike Brady led guid-
ance 133 and 192 combined to
victory in 1951. The winning
team won over guidance 110 and
111 combined by a score of 31
to 28. Don Naylor was high-point
man in the game. The 1951 tour-
nament was the first sponsored
by the Hi-Y club.
The agriculture guidance now
holds the plaque for winning last
year’s tournament. Billy Lingle,
James Box, Boots Wacasy, and
Jimmy Watson, led the team to
The big question now is—who
will win the intramural basket-
ball hcampionship this year?
By Joann Myrick
At last the tournament has
started, so now “yours truly” will
try to give you a brief outline on
what’s been happening in the
girls’ gym these past two weeks.
Due to the lime the paper goes
to press, trying to report on the
tournament is going to be pretty
hard, but just the same, here’s
a brief rundown on the big event.
In the first game played, first-
period MWF won over seventh-
period MWF by a score of 8 to 5.
Patricia Helium is captain of the
The second winning team was
sixth-period MWF, whose captain
•is Anna Fred Layer. They won
over second-period MWF with a
score of 23 to 10.
On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Charlotte
Coffman, who is the captain of
third-period MTT, won over
fourth-period MTT with a 17 to 4
The Harry Individual team won
over the Brown Individual team
in a heated battle on Feb. 17 by
a score of 11 to 2. Betty Harry
is the captain of the team which
is composed of band girls who do
not take physical education.
Third-period MWF was defeat-
ed by first-period MTT with a
score of 14 to 8. Nelda Welch is
Sixth-period MTT won over
second-period MTT by a score of
12 to 10. Joyce Pruitt is captain.
In the second round of the play-
offs, seventh-period MTT won
over first period MWF, 19 to 7.
Sue Chumbley is captain of sev-
On Thursday, Feb. 19, fourth-
period MWF defeated second-
period MTT with a 17 to 10 score.
Juanita Holton is the captain of
the winning team.
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