Forty years later: Edmonson County's stunning state title

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldhamOldie View Post
    That is correct. Meanwhile, LSU's Dale Brown hired Shawnee's Ron Abernathy as an assistant to join all-stater Durand Macklin in Baton Rogue. It went on back then, too!
    And, later, if I remember correctly, Tennessee hired Wade Houston off Crum's staff as head coach in order to get Wade's son, Allen, at UT..
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    And, later, if I remember correctly, Tennessee hired Wade Houston off Crum's staff as head coach in order to get Wade's son, Allen, at UT..
    Yes to this as well. Tennessee was fine until Allen Houston turned pro. That's when things went downhill for Wade.

    As for Ron Abernathy, I do not recall if he ever got a head coaching job after leaving as LSU's top assistant. I know Macklin led LSU to the Final Four in 1981, but I can't remember how much longer Abernathy remained on the LSU staff. Abernathy had many talented players at Louisville Shawnee, but Macklin was the best.

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    Abernathy was head coach at Shawnee just that one year: 1976. He replaced James Gordon, who had been head man for the 5 years before that.

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    At the state tournament, John Tong also loved to page the two guys who kept the official scorebooks: Charles Nelson (Charlie) Ruter and Richard (Rozie) Rozelle.

    And, associated with that 1976 tournament, "Big Six" Henderson (from Bowling Green I believe) ran the game clock for his last time. He was on the clock for the semi-final between Edmonson County and Shelby County...when about six seconds inexplicably ran off the clock at the end of the game with Shelby County at the free throw line and a three point deficit. They made both free throws, but had no chance to foul on an in-bounds pass...and all the protestations to the contrary, no time was put back on the clock. There was no rule in place to allow such a change.

    I think I have notes on the back of my scoresheet from that game detailing all that. If any of you remember it differently, I'll go look it up to see if we agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadcaster View Post
    At the state tournament, John Tong also loved to page the two guys who kept the official scorebooks: Charles Nelson (Charlie) Ruter and Richard (Rozie) Rozelle.

    And, associated with that 1976 tournament, "Big Six" Henderson (from Bowling Green I believe) ran the game clock for his last time. He was on the clock for the semi-final between Edmonson County and Shelby County...when about six seconds inexplicably ran off the clock at the end of the game with Shelby County at the free throw line and a three point deficit. They made both free throws, but had no chance to foul on an in-bounds pass...and all the protestations to the contrary, no time was put back on the clock. There was no rule in place to allow such a change.

    I think I have notes on the back of my scoresheet from that game detailing all that. If any of you remember it differently, I'll go look it up to see if we agree.
    I did not recall this about the clock. I do remember two years later the Charles Hurt hand through the rim block of a Holmes player helping Shelby County win the state title in 1978. Maybe that was karma? I was in Oregon in grad school at Portland State in 1978 and missed the state tournament. I wish I could have seen the supposed goal tend on Charles Hurt with the Holmes player.

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    Oldham, regarding the 1978 final: I saw a picture of the player's hand that had gone up the net and was touching the ball. It had been published in one of the newspapers...though which paper and which edition has long since escaped me. And I don't remember if the block was at the end of regulation or at the end of overtime. Some of that info is also packed away with my scoresheets in the attic.

    You guys keep coming up with this historical stuff, and Mama is going to have to put up with me hauling a bunch of those boxes back downstairs to sit next to my computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadcaster View Post
    Oldham, regarding the 1978 final: I saw a picture of the player's hand that had gone up the net and was touching the ball. It had been published in one of the newspapers...though which paper and which edition has long since escaped me. And I don't remember if the block was at the end of regulation or at the end of overtime. Some of that info is also packed away with my scoresheets in the attic.

    You guys keep coming up with this historical stuff, and Mama is going to have to put up with me hauling a bunch of those boxes back downstairs to sit next to my computer.
    If you have that photo somewhere in a old paper, I would love to see it! I have heard the legends of the Hurt block/goaltend with Holmes, but never saw a video or pic. Some of my old buddies were at the game and said the refs missed an obvious call on that one, and I take their words for it. Would love to see the pic. Tell Mama you are gonna make a special trip to that historical attic and look through those boxes, please!

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    Thanks to Mustang, no need for a trip to the attic.

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