As a mother of a 6'7", 15-year-old basketball player, I found your article on summer basketball camps very interesting.
But how about all the promising players in states like Texas, where the UIL (University Interscholastic League), the governing body of high school athletics, doesn't allow varsity players to attend summer basketball camps? These boys don't have an opportunity in an organized setting to gain more skills or be observed by college coaches.
There must be some better way to equalize the opportunity for all aspiring basketball players.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
We were intrigued by Morin Bishop's SIDELINE in your 1984 College & Pro Football Spectacular on his candidate for the greatest high school football team of all time. Our company, the National Sports News Service, has ranked the top high school football teams in the nation since World War II, so we're familiar with the top teams in our country's history. Although Everett, Mass. of 1914 was an outstanding club, it was never considered the top team during its era, much less the best of all time. That honor went to Harris-burg (Pa.) Tech, the 1919 national prep champ, coached by Paul Smith. Tech finished 12-0 and outscored the opposition 701-0. It was also the 1918 national champion.
National high school champions were crowned in almost every sport (including girls' basketball) before World War II. The first national football crown went to Chicago Hyde Park, coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg, in 1902. That team beat Brooklyn Poly 105-0 in the title game, played in Chicago. Hyde Park was able to score that many points for the same reason Everett beat Oak Park, Ill. 80-0 in 1914: When a team scored a touchdown, the opponent kicked off.
Bishop mentioned the Massillon ( Ohio) dynasty of the 1950s. Although the Tigers were outstanding in the '50s, they were awesome during the Great Depression years, when they were coached by the legendary Paul Brown. Four of Brown's teams (1935, '36, '39, '40) were ranked No. 1 in the nation. And, yes, the Waco team of 1927 was one of the best in Texas history, finishing 14-0 after beating Ohio's Cleveland Latin 44-12 in the national title game. I saw Cincinnati's Moeller play in 1976. Although it was an excellent club, it was declared national co-champ with Warner Robins, Ga. Two of the greatest Ohio teams were Toledo Scott in 1923, which beat Oregon's Portland Columbia 20-17 for the national title, and Toledo Waite (Wonderful Waite) of 1932, which upset national power Miami ( Fla.) Senior 13-7, in the Orange Bowl.
California and Texas produced several of the top teams in history. The 1954 Vallejo, Calif. squad finished unbeaten, averaged 54.2 points and produced the national high school player of the year, Dick Bass. Then came one of the strongest programs ever, the Abilene Eagles, coached by Chuck Moser, which won three straight Texas AAAA titles (1954-56) and 49 games in a row.
National Sports News Service
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Last year (SCORECARD, Sept. 5, 1983) SI mentioned the Bloomington ( Ind.) North High Cougars' lengthy (21-game) record of losing both the coin flip and the football contest. As you will recall, the Cougars finally won a coin flip but still lost the ball game.
I'm happy to advise you that on Aug. 31 the Cougars ended their 32-game losing streak (they also won the toss) with a convincing 26-20 win over a good Terre Haute North team.
TOM J. GILMORE
The article It's an Old Man's Game After All (Aug. 27) by Barry McDermott stated that Lee Trevino was the first player in the history of the PGA Championship to break 70 in all four rounds. I'm a young female golfer, and I believe this statement is in error. In 1964, at the Columbus (Ohio) Country Club, Bobby Nichols won the PGA with rounds of 64, 71, 69, 67 for a score of 271 and Arnold Palmer came in second with 68, 68, 69, 69 for a total of 274.