Falcons To Try for 4th County Title In Row

Article taken from The Portsmouth Times, November 22, 1950, page 11.

Minford's Falcons will attempt to perform a feat this year never before accomplished in the Scioto County basketball League--winning a fourth consecutive county cage title.

The cagers of Ed Hall have a rough road between them and another crown, but if they can pick up where they left off last year, they may do the job.

The biggest task for Coach Hall will be filling the positions of Lester Brafford, Dave Bower, Ray Conley and Jack Crum, all lost by graduation.  Brafford was the county's leading scorer last season.

Only returnee from last season is Merritt Hayward, a forward who will be counted on for a lot of the Falcon scoring punch.  Hayward will also captain the team.

the only other sure starter is Cliff Zempter, 6-3 center up from the reserves, who saw lots of action last year as understudy to Crum.

The other starting posts are wide open but the inside track is held by Junior Scott at forward, and Jim Gilbert and Fred Bennett at guards.  Right behind Scott in the forward race is Hhoward Bender, while Ronnie Coriell and Danny Gilbert are making spirited bids for the guard positions.

Rounding out the varsity team is Dick Moore at center and Wendell Alexander at forward.

Jim Scott, first year baseball coach will also handle the reserve cagers and has selected the following boys for reserve duty:

Hal Burchett, Jim Skidmore, Ron Noel, and Lawrence Casebolt, juniors; Leonard Smith, David Williams, Sam Mullsin, and Bill Johnson, sophomores; Paul Marcum, Carl Eckhart, Paul Kuhn, Eddie Gilbert and Joe Bennett, freshman.

1950 - 1951 Schedule
* denotes away games

November 24 Valley
November 28 Wheelersburg
December 1 *Clay
December 8 Washington
December 12 South Point
December 15 *Green
December 16 Clay
December 21 *Otway
January 2 *South Webster
January 5 McDermott
January 9 *Washington
January 12 Rarden
January 17 Chesapeake
January 19 *Wheelersburg
January 23 *Coal Grove
January 26 South Webster
January 31 Stockdale
February 2 *Valley
February 3 East
February 6 *Waverly
February 9 *Glenwood
February 16 Central