Caverna Colonels First Basketball Season

In a lengthy article in the Hart County News on November 30, 1950, details are given of Caverna High School’s season opening win at Hart Memorial on Tuesday, November 28. It was the first basketball game ever played by the newly formed Caverna Independent School System. No box score was given, but based upon the detailed summary of the game the following could be constructed:

Caverna 58: Buddy Stuart 24, Bobby Bybee 10, Joe Burks 10, Bobby Hawkins 6, Bobby Hensley 5, Lowell Braden 2, Kenny Sidwell 1

Memorial 37: Short 13, Rotan 10, Mellan 9, Crabtree 3, Logsdon 2

Caverna 12 12 14 20 – 58
Memorial 06 13 07 11 – 37

Officials: McGuffey and Denham
Scorer: Woodberry Bohannon
Timer: Reynolds
Coaches: Caverna, Dorsey; Memorial, Bird

Caverna would go on to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Lexington where they would lose a first round game to Danville. As reported in the Middlesboro Daily News, under Tourney Highlights:


At Fort Knox after winning the 6th Region Tournament with the regional trophy


L to R Coach Ralph Dorsey, Bobby Bybee, Bobby Hawkins, Don Woodward, Bobby Hensley, Kenny Sidwell, Buddy Stuart, Joe Burks, Wendell Cherry, Chester Adair, Jimmie Godwin, Manager Tommy Smith. Cheerleaders: Joyce Campbell, Toni Neely, Ruth Chambers, Rebecca Curd, Peggy Blankenship, and Joyce Patterson.


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