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Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


Jacket Football Team 1954-55 — Front row, Managers Phillip Back and Donnie Sexton. First row (left to right), Jimmy Enlow, Gary Long, Jim Jones, Lloyd Hodge, Gene Sparks, Donald Caudill, Buddy Fields, Berkie Holbrook, Robert Meade. Second row, Hobart Cupps, Charles Frazier, Darrell Caudill, Major Sparks, William Richardson, Tom Fields, Carlos Fugate, Robert Wright, Harold Ogelvie, Cecil Barnes. Third row, Rodney Kincer, Lyle Polly, Elmer Gibson, Sam Blair, Paul Flannary, Oncil Maggard, Joe Cook, Charles Nabel. Fourth row, Line Coach Jim Boyd, Head Coach Ed Moore, Ronnie Sparks, Bertram Brashaw, Walter Gibson, Daryl Boggs, Charles Holbrook, Remus Hart, Jack Polly. Back row, Freshman Coach Walter Enlow, Bert Combs, Tom Adams, Charles Hall, Arnold Enfusse, Gerald Frazier, Jimmy Fields, Charles Johns. Buddy Fields, third from right in first row, leads all eastern Kentucky in scoring with 124 points in 11 games. Jacket Football Team 1954-55 — Front row, Managers Phillip Back and Donnie Sexton. First row (left to right), Jimmy Enlow, Gary Long, Jim Jones, Lloyd Hodge, Gene Sparks, Donald Caudill, Buddy Fields, Berkie Holbrook, Robert Meade. Second row, Hobart Cupps, Charles Frazier, Darrell Caudill, Major Sparks, William Richardson, Tom Fields, Carlos Fugate, Robert Wright, Harold Ogelvie, Cecil Barnes. Third row, Rodney Kincer, Lyle Polly, Elmer Gibson, Sam Blair, Paul Flannary, Oncil Maggard, Joe Cook, Charles Nabel. Fourth row, Line Coach Jim Boyd, Head Coach Ed Moore, Ronnie Sparks, Bertram Brashaw, Walter Gibson, Daryl Boggs, Charles Holbrook, Remus Hart, Jack Polly. Back row, Freshman Coach Walter Enlow, Bert Combs, Tom Adams, Charles Hall, Arnold Enfusse, Gerald Frazier, Jimmy Fields, Charles Johns. Buddy Fields, third from right in first row, leads all eastern Kentucky in scoring with 124 points in 11 games. Whitesburg Jacket


1954-55 Whitesburg High cheerleaders are Ann Cox, Arbadella Pigman; Captain, Chelsea Hall; Ardath Polly; Margaret 1954-55 Whitesburg High cheerleaders are Ann Cox, Arbadella Pigman; Captain, Chelsea Hall; Ardath Polly; Margaret Football Team 1954-55

The scores were WHS 19, Black Star 6; WHS 19, Paintsville 7; WHS 13, Benham 0; WHS 13, Cumberland 33; WHS 43, Hazard 0; WHS 12, Lynch 28; WHS 24, Jenkins 0; WHS 42, Fleming 12; WHS 41, Evarts 27; WHS 39, Elkhorn City 0; WHS 0, Prestonsburg 21. With a record of 8-3, the Jackets were Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference runners- up 1954.

The seniors on this team were: Buddy Fields, halfback captain; Don Caudill, guard, co-captain; Cecil Barnes, end; Burkie Holbrook, quarterback; Gene Sparks, halfback; Charles Frazier, end; Jimmie Enlow, end; Bill ‘ Trim’ Richardson, tackle; Hobart Cupps, tackle.

The consensus of opinion is that Whitesburg’s defeat of a heavily favored Paintsville team was the best effort of 1954-55 on the gridiron in Coach Moore’s third year at W.H.S.

The Jackets in his second game of the season proved that desire and hustle can overcome experience and weight. In their opening game, the Jackets looked sluggish and lacked the scrap expected of the team, but when the Paintsville game rolled around everyone felt that the locals were willing and ready. Paintsville had a big, experienced, well balanced ball club and many thought the Jackets were in for a shellacking, but the Jackets showed the most vicious tackling of the year.

Paintsville’s first series of downs netted a loss and they punted. Whitesburg drove from their own 30 over for the first score of the game with Buddy Fields scoring to take a 6-0 lead. Paintsville, not to be outdone and on a pitchout to Oney, went 40 yards to score and the extra point made it 7-6. The Jackets came back with Burkie Holbrook sneaking over from the one and Jim Jones adding the point for a 13-7 halftime lead.

With the beginning of the second half, the skies opened up and the rain poured steadily, thus making the field somewhat slower and neither team able to muster much offense but the Jackets put together one sustained drive with Robert Meade scoring to give the Jackets a 19-7 win.

It was a clear cut team victory featuring vicious tackling, hard running, sharp blocking. Defensive standouts were Caudill, Enlow, Long, Barnes, Frazier, Ogelvie, Richardson and Cupps, while Fields, Jones, Holbrook, Meade, Hodge and Sparks handled the offensive running well.

Track: In a relatively new sport here at W. H. S. the Jackets left their mark by winning both the regional and conference meets in one week under the tutelage of Coach Enlow.

Being runners- up the year before didn’t appeal to the Jacket Cinder-men, so they went all out with Kincer and Ogelvie and Fields in the dashes; Holbrook, Fields, Sexton and Kincer in the relays; Enlow, R. Adams and B. Adams in the hurdles, Barnes in the 880 and Bach and Logan in the distance, plus Hammonds, Caudill, Kincer and Fields in the field events.

Probably the outstanding event was the mile relay with Buddy Fields as anchorman coming from 30 yards behind to capture the mile relay medal.

Can you imagine?

Pee Wee Back as tall as Bert Bach? Doris Banks always talking like Chelsia? Iva Lee Johnson with long hair like Norma Jones? Ann Cox with a figure like Shelbia Jean Sparks? Arlayne Collins without her rosy cheeks? Rebecca Pace with blond hair? Dave Marvin being as smart as Harold Cook? Writing a theme without Miss Raleigh? Edith and Jewell Logan without their sweet personalities? Margaret Moncrief Combs without her chewing gum? Mickey Bowen without his beard? Joe Cook with a shave? Seeing Ramona without Ronnie? Walleen not looking out the window 5th period? Windus Franklin with a flattop haircut?

(The above articles from the February 1955 Black Kat.)

Whitesburg High School

Beta Club Chartered

(1954)

Forty members of the Cumberland Beta Club accompanied by their sponsor, Mrs. C.W. Parker, and their principal, Mr. Talmadge Huff, came to WHS on Dec. 3, and gave a very impressive initiation ceremony for the 42 members of the Whitesburg Beta Club. The charter was accepted by Mr. Kendall Boggs. Each club member was presented a certificate and Beta pin. Members of the Beta Club are chosen from the junior and senior classes by the faculty. Qualifications for membership on the part of the student are good mental ability and character, creditable achievement and commendable attitude. The charter members of the Whitesburg High School Beta Club are:

Faye Adams, Wanda Addington, S.T. Barrett, Elizabeth Blair, Bert Coots Back, Doris Banks, Christine Banks, Mickey Bowen, Harold Cook, Charlene Caudill, Donald Collins, Joella Craft, Norma Dere Cole, Dorothy Cook, Johnny Doyle, Shirley Davis, Ann Daniel, Anna Lois Eversole, Janet Carol Fields, Cecil Barnes, Patricia Lee Baker, Verna Banks, Bert Francis, Windus Franklin, Stella Yonts. Bobby Jo Hamilton, Burkie Holbrook, Janet Carolyn Ison, Janis McKnight, Kaye Moore, Pat Martin, Douglas Polly, Ina Partridge, Gail Potter, Johnny Rodgers, Eloise Reynolds, Phyllis Stamper, Betty Sue Sturgill, Ramona Sparks, Mary Jane Williams, Cleo Wampler, and Peggy Joan Yontz.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle Dec. 9, 1954.)

The Preacher and the

“Nightingale”

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1955 the revivalist from the Methodist Church, Mr. Overly, and the singer, Phil Cartwright, visited our school. Mr. Cartwright gave us a series of songs expressing why he liked to sing. They were “ I Love Life,” “Without a Song,” “Through the Years,” “Down By the River,” and “I Walked Where You Walked.” They were very entertaining and I am sure we will not hear the likes of it again for a long while. Mr. Overly talked about the three sins. It was an excellent subject and well given.

(The above article from the February 1955 Black Kat.)

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