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A week that's hard to match

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Both the Thayer Bobcats and Lady Bobcats seem ready for post-season play as the regular season winds down.

At the current time, both the girls and boys teams have identical 19-3 records and are both ranked ninth in Class 2, which is rather unusual. Oh, both teams also won South Central Association titles with undefeated 7-0 records, which is even more unusual.

I hope they can keep it rolling, but it will be hard to match the trophies won in a one-week period in 1939 at Thayer High School.

The boys' basketball team took first place in the County Tournament, which was no small feat in those days.

Glen Schuster of the Thayer team was selected as the captain of the County All-Star team.

Luther Gray and Dale Freeman were also selected to be on the All-Star team.

The girls' volleyball team took third place in the County Tournament that same week, then the following Saturday, Dec. 3, they won first place in the first-ever SCA Volleyball tournament.

Accompanied by Coach Gohn and Bill Thomas, they journeyed to Mountain View for the tournament.

They played Cabool at 1:00 that afternoon and after a hard-fought battle, they were victorious by a score of 23-20.

They then defeated Mountain View by a score of 26-17, earning a spot in the finals at 8:30 that night against Summersville.

The paper said they "walked away" by a score of 32-17 to win the large, gold, first-place trophy.

Daley Mae Honeycutt was cited as a major force on the Thayer team.

Girls' basketball in Missouri was discontinued and replaced by volleyball sometime in the 1930s.

The Thayer girls got back into competitive basketball sometime in the early 70s and have done well, getting into the playoffs 11 times, but have not advanced to the finals.

The girls' basketball state playoffs began in 1973, hosted by NWMSU in Maryville.

At any rate, winning three trophies in one week is noteworthy.

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