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Big changes in Branson during last 50 years

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It might be of interest to Bobcodgers (old Thayer High School Bobcats) that the Branson High School Pirates have long ago grown out of the basketball Class M school category that they were in back in the 1960s.

More recently, Branson has jumped from Class 4 into Class 5, the state's largest schools' category.

The Pirates are now playing with the likes of Nixa, Ozark and other well known basketball powers in the Central Ozark Conference.

With a record of 27-2 this year, Branson was hoping to get back to the state finals for the first time since 1962.

The Pirates won their district but got beat by Rockbridge in the sectionals.

Every two years the Missouri High School Activities Association realigns its classification system to match enrollment numbers.

When the numbers came out this past year, Branson, with an enrollment of 1,290, passed the 1,203 threshold which bumped the school up to the largest classification -- Class 5.

In 1958, before the town of Branson took off as a country music capital, the Thayer Bobcats lost to the Pirates in the championship game of the state tournament when Branson and Thayer were both playing in Class M.

It was Branson's second state championship in four years.

The Pirates were also state champs in 1955 with an unbeaten 41-0 record.

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