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BRIDGETTE COMBS BRIDGETTE COMBS Whitesburg's Bridgette Combs named Miss Kentucky Basketball

By Lonnie Sexton

What Letcher County has long known became public information Saturday, that Bridgette Combs is the best girls' high school basketball player in Kentucky.

For the past three years, the Yellowjackets' 5'9" blonde stinging threat has led the team to an overall record of 99-8.

Bridgette culminated her high school career with some record making statistics. She averaged 26 points per game, totaling 807 in the 31-game season as she led the Jackets to the state tournament for a third consecutive trip.

In her freshman year, she played at Letcher High School, the newly selected Miss Basketball demonstrated early on that she was to be a dynamic force on the basketball floor as she averaged 19 points per game and amounted an impressive 475 points in her first season.

Joining the Whitesburg squad as a sophomore, Bridgette quickly demonstrated her talent on the court as she picked up 660 points that season for an average of 16 points per game. As a sophomore, she averaged a staggering 16.5 rebounds per game, and in the 40-game season, averaged 5.5 assists on each outing.

PHYLLIS D. BARKER PHYLLIS D. BARKER The numbers continued rising in her junior year. She again led the scoring charts, averaging 21 per game. Her average statistics per game in rebounds, steals and assists were 14, 6 and 6 respectively.

For the past four years, Combs has been selected to the All-District Tournament Team. In the past three, she has made the All-State level and has been selected for all-tournament teams during invitational meets on at least 12 occasions.

Bridgette will continue playing competitive basketball at the college level at Western Kentucky University where she was spotlighted this year in the Sweet Sixteen. Combs only recently made a verbal commitment to attend Western where she will join one of the state's finest college basketball programs headed by Paul Sanderford. This year the WKU Lady Hilltoppers advanced to the NCAA Final Four in women's basketball before falling to Georgia.

Following Bridgette's selection as Miss Kentucky Basketball, her coach for the past three years, John High, summed up the sentiments of anyone who has watched her play, saying, "She's a winner."


1985 All District Team :

Bridgette Combs, Regina Holbrook, Teresa Gibson, Marla Gentry, Sandy Luther, Stephanie Potter, Pam Nelson. All Regional: Marla Gentry, Pam Nelson, Bridgette Combs. All State: Bridgette Combs. All State Honorable Mention: Marla Gentry, Regina Holbrook. Bridgette Combs: Milky Way Award, Converse, All American Award, Prep-All American Award, MVP Award, Boone County Invitational Tournament, Dawahare Award, Jim Brown Award, Best Field Goal Percentage, WHS All American Award, All Tournament Team, WVLK Lady of the South Invitational, Bowling Green. Regina Holbrook: All Tournament Team, Boone County Invitational, Miss Playmaker Award, 110% Award. Sandy Luther: Free Throw Award. Diane Hatton: Best Defensive Award. Pam Nelson: Sixth Player Award. Teresa Gibson: Miss Consistent Award. Stephanie Potter: Most Improved. Marla Gentry: Most Assist Award.

Students write another


MARGARET LACY POLLY MARGARET LACY POLLY How three generations deal with life's day-to-day decisions is the theme of a play to be performed this weekend by the Whitesburg High School drama class.

"Gift of Choice" will be performed at Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg at 8 p.m. May 3 and 4.

The play was written by Whitesburg students Melissa Reedy and Jeff Sergent, and stars a cast of 11.

The play is set in a country store which has belonged to one family more than 100 years, and looks at goings-on inside the store which affected the family at four different points over the last 80 years.

"It's really a play about family interaction and the connectiveness to one place," said Jeff Hawkins of Appalshop, who helped the class write and develop the play.

One of the play's central characters is Grandma, who at 83 still runs the old store. Grandma's son has married and moved to the city, but his children, who are high school age, have come to the old homeplace to stay with her for two weeks.

The children, who are still trying to decide what they want to do the rest of their lives, compare Grandma's life to life with their father in the city and use the information "to see if they can make a decision of their own," said Hawkins.

MARY ELIZABETH LUTHER MARY ELIZABETH LUTHER Several of the characters in "Gift of Choice" are played by students who performed in last year's successful drama class production of a play entitled "In Ya Blood."

"Gift of Choice" also features four original songs which will be performed with a piano, banjo and guitar.

The drama class is taught at WHS by Connie Lester. Appalshop's Hawkins, Robert Engle and members of Roadside Theater work with the class through a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council and Letcher County Arts Council.

The class will travel to Louisville May 17 to perform the play at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, which is sponsoring an "Imagination Celebration" for arts in the schools.

Admission at Appalshop Friday and Saturday is $3 for adults. Persons wishing more information should call 633-0108.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle May 1, 1985.)

1985 Yellow Jacket


Whitesburg High has produced graduates who have excelled in all walks of life. A person who has excelled in many areas and made us all proud is one of our own, Phyllis Day Barker. Since becoming a teacher at W.H.S., Mrs. Barker has provided expert leadership in many activities at W.H.S. Her loyalty to W.H.S. and her willingness to work with students and sponsors have earned lasting respect. Her years of dedicated service to the cheerleaders produced a hallmark which other schools in our district and region strive to equal. Aside from all duties performed, she still manages to be a devoted wife and mother. All traditions and qualities of W.H.S. are manifest in the life and work of Phyllis D. Barker. We, the Yearbook Staff, proudly dedicate the 1985 Yellowjacket to Mrs. Phyllis D. Barker.



The 1985 graduation was held June 4 at the Whitesburg football field. The guest speaker was Congressman Carroll Hubbard of the United States House of Representatives. The theme was "Dare to Succeed" which is what this class will do as best possible. Grand Marshals were Carmella Webb, Monoka Venters, Srinivas Rao, and Debbie Imperial. The night was a success and we wish only the best of luck to next year's graduating seniors.

Football scores: WHS 6- Tates Creek 41; WHS 20- Elkhorn City 8; WHS 16- Cumberland 27; WHS 6- Jenkins 18; WHS 0-Pikeville 13; WHS 44- M.C. Napier 28; WHS 16-Fleming Neon 2; WHS 13-Breathitt 12; WHS 0-Hazard 27; WHS 0- Somerset 54; WHS 27-Johns Creek 6.

Class officers - 1985

Beth Luther, President; Marvin Boggs, Vice President; Bridgette Combs, Secretary; Kevin Boggs, Treasurer.

Senior superlatives

Most Popular: Pam Nelson and Tim Fields; Nicest Smile: Trina Jenkins and Ricky Boggs; Most Likely To Succeed: Beth Luther and Tracy Frazier; Outstanding Personality: Chris Fields and Donna Gibson; Most School Spirited: Eddie Adams and Cheryl Mullins; Most Talented: Bridgette Combs and Allen Tyree; Best Dressed: Beth Luther and Tim Fields; Most Athletic: Bridgette Combs and Allen Tyree; Most Courteous: Kevin Boggs and Patty Morgan; Eye Catcher: Jackie Craiger and Ricky Boggs; Jacket Joker: Pam Nelson and Marvin Boggs; Best All Around: Patty Morgan and Allen Tyree.

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