1981 Cheerleaders win honors, meet Doobies
The Whitesburg High School boys’ varsity cheerleaders took third runnerup honors recently at the Atlantic Coast Regional Cheerleading Competition.
Cheerleading squads from eleven states traveled to Columbia, South Carolina, to compete for top honors. Kentucky high schools were more successful than schools from other states represented at the competition. The squad from Johns Creek placed first, Clarksville, Ky., took first runner-up honors; Pikeville was second runner-up; and WHS was voted third runner-up.
The WHS squad stayed at the Holiday Inn in Columbia. Jennifer Noble celebrated a birthday during the trip. The other Whitesburg cheerleaders sang “Happy Birthday” to her at a Pizza- Hut restaurant.
Jennifer received a very unusual birthday present. She was in the lobby of the motel when she saw the stage crew of The Doobie Brothers, who performed the night before in Columbia. One of the roadies told Jennifer that if she and the other cheerleaders waited around long enough, The Doobies would pass through the lobby. And of course, they waited.
WHS cheerleader Brenda Williams was taking a ride in the elevator when she realized that the lead singer of The Doobies was also taking a ride in the elevator. Brenda ran up to get the other cheerleaders and they crowded into the lobby. They talked to some of The Doobies and got their autographs. Some people have all the luck. Sports — Whitesburg ties
The Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference was held Dec. 1 at the Elkhorn Country Club. Pikeville, Elkhorn City, Wheelwright, Fleming-Neon, Jenkins, and Whitesburg are all members of the Conference.
Pikeville won the first place trophy and Whitesburg tied with Fleming- Neon for runner-up.
Rodney Slone was one of the three boys elected player of the year. Rex Johnson of Fleming-Neon and Roger Caudill of Pikeville were also chosen. Rodney Slone, Terry Honeycutt and Gene Yinger received the honors of best offensive players. Best defensive players were Robbin Roberts and Mike Baker. David Gibson was elected kicking specialist.
Whitesburg’s baseball team was voted 1980 baseball champs of E.K.M.C.
In the Jenkins Invitational Tournament the Whitesburg Yellowjackets were defeated by the Fleming- Neon Pirates. The game was played on Tuesday night, Nov. 25.
Greg Hogg was named best team player and led in scoring with 12 points. Stephen Kincer had eight points and led in rebounding with seven. Randy Frazier also had eight points and was named best defensive player. Mike Watts followed with six points, while Mark Bates had four. The Jackets connected on two out of five of their free throws.
WHS vs. Jenkins
The Whitesburg Yellowjackets were defeated by the Jenkins Cavaliers on Wednesday night, Nov. 26. The final score was 52-50.
Greg Hogg was high scorer with 21 points and was named best defensive player. Stephen Kincer had 15 points and was named best team player along with Mark Bates. Randy Frazier had ten points and led in rebounds with nine. Robbin Roberts and Mike Watts each had two. The Jackets completed eight out of their 13 free throws.
Jackets, Lady Jackets successful
The Whitesburg Yellowjackets defeated the Owsley County Owls at their first home game of the season. The game was played Friday night, Nov. 28. The final score was 58-53.
Greg Hogg led the Jackets in scoring with 26 points and also led in rebounds with eight. He was also best team player along with Mark Bates, who had 14 points.
Best defensive player, Stephen Kincer, also had 14 points, followed by Mike Watts with two points. Randy Frazier and Robbin Roberts each had one point. The Jackets completed 20 of their 33 free throws.
WHS vs. Feds Creek
The Whitesburg Lady Jackets played their first home game on Nov. 24. Victory for Whitesburg was the outcome of the game with a final score of 60-55.
Tiphanie Bates had 22 points, Nancy Huff had 10. Judy Mason and Billie Jo Hatton each had eight points. Teresa Sexton, Thelma Witt, and Terry Adams each had four.
Students win contest
On Saturday, Nov. 22, four WHS students attended a math contest at Clinch Valley College in Wise, Va. Chris Combs, Teresa Nichols, Kim Arthur, and Paul David Sturgill competed for top honors.
Approximately 20 high schools were represented at the contest. Each school chose three students to form the math team and other students could take the test as alternates. Chris, Teresa and Kim made up the math team for Whitesburg, and Paul took the test as alternate. The test was given at 1:30 p.m.
At the evening banquet, awards were presented. Teresa and Kim tied for second place on the test and received a plaque. The math team won the first place team award by having the highest total of scores.
Each student had a fun day and was excited about the victory.
An all-county marching band was formed by members of the Whitesburg band as well as Fleming-Neon, Letcher, and one member from Jenkins. All of the members worked very hard and their efforts paid off as they performed a marching show.
The show was performed once at Neon and twice on our field and the band came on the hill and played their music for all of the high school students.
Even though everyone worked very hard, everybody seemed to have some fun too. They all hope that the all-county band is something that can become a yearly event.
The Whitesburg Athletic Association honored Whitesburg’s high school athletes last week during its annual Athletic Banquet. Approximately 200 friends and family members watched the presentations.
All of the graduating seniors received a “W” award for their participation in the school’s athletic programs. Awards were given by the coaches to the athletes in each sport, as well as three overall awards.
The Dawahare Award given to the male and female athletes who contributed the most to the sports program during their four years of high school, went to Greg Hogg and Paula Warzon.
For the first time ever, the James R. Brown Memorial Award was given to a girl, Nancy Huff. Miss Huff received the Brown Award for her outstanding leadership, scholastic ability and character.
Other award winners are as follows: Football: All- EKMC Co-Player of the Year, Rodney Slone. Cross-Country: boys, David Brown; girls, Monique Wampler. Boys’ Basketball: Most rebounds, Greg Hogg, Stephen Kincer; best free throw percentage, Greg Hogg: best field goal percentage, Greg Hogg; 110 percent award, Randy Frazier.
Girls’ Basketball: best free throw percentage, Nancy Huff; best field goal percentage, Billie Jo Hatton; 110 percent award, Judy Mason; Miss Clutch, Tiphanie Bates; Miss Yellowjacket All-American, Nancy Huff.
Baseball: best offense, Bobby Pike; best defense, Gary Boggs; 110 percent Award, Tim Sexton; All- District, Bobby Pike, Bert Bradshaw.
Boys’ Track: Middle distance, Greg Burton; Sprint, Mark Bates; field events, David Boggs; 110 percent, Mike Baker.
Girls’ Track: Long distance, Monique Wampler; sprint, Anna Looney, Delana Ison; field events, Brenda Williams; 110 percent, Paula Warzon; middle distance, Tiphanie Bates.
(The above articles from the 1981 Yearbook and the 1980-81 Black Kat Newspapers.)