A small Eastern Kentucky school could very possibly become a basketball legend, rivaling the legendary Milan High School Indiana State Basketball Champions in 1954.
As this is an ongoing series this week during the state tournament GarysWorld 'Appalachia' is devoting our full front page to the Lions of Elliott County. This team has achieved legendary status over the past 3 years for their accomplishments on and off the court in the world which is Kentucky basketball. We are providing article links for our visitors to browse from ESPN, Lexington Herald, Louisville Courier Journal, and USA Today below. Each article opens in a new link for easy browsing. Also we will keep you up to date with the tourney as it unfolds at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Folks this could very well be history in the making if the Lions win it all. But win or not you are already legends in our part of the world. Guys you have made us all very proud here in Eastern Kentucky.
The new basketball legends from Elliott County Kentucky
In 1954, tiny Milan, with a sharpshooter named Bobby Plump, dominated much larger schools on their way to a 28-2 record and the Indiana state finals. 58 of the 73 boys at the school tried out for the basketball team. There were 10 players on the Milan team in 1954. Among their victims was Oscar Robertson's high school team (Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis). In the finals, they shocked everyone when they squeaked past powerhouse Muncie Central for the Indiana state crown on Plump's last-second shot. It was considered one of the greatest basketball games ever played, and has attained a legendary status. In September 1999, Sports Illustrated named this team one of the top 20 teams of the century. The sports writers of Indiana named the "Milan Miracle" the #1 sports story in Indiana history.
1954 Milan Indians Team Photo:Front row, from left: team manager Oliver Jones; cheerleaders Marjorie Ent, Virginia Voss, and Patty Bohlke; and team manager Fred Busching. Middle row: Assistant Coach Clarence Kelly, Roger Schroder, Bill Jordan, Gene White, Bobby Plump, Ken Delap, Ray Craft, Coach Marvin Wood. Top row: Principal Cale Hudson, Assistant Coach Marc Combs, Ken Wendlman, Bob Wichman, Ronnie Truitt, Glenn Butte, Rollin Cutter, Bob Engle, Superintendent Willard Green.
"In Milan, people didn't look at us as if we were something special. We were just part of the community. The only way I knew we were special was when the motorcycle policeman revved up his motorcycle and took us through all those red lights." - Bobby Plump on winning the 1954 Championship (1995 Teacher Magazine Interview).
HERE ARE SOME GREAT ARTICLES WRITTEN THIS YEAR ABOUT THE AMAZING ELLIOTT COUNTY LIONS. EACH ARTICLE OPENS IN A NEW WINDOW.
State Tournament brackets and results
First Round KHSAA Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament
Wednesday March 18, 2009 Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky.
Thursday March 19, 2009
Second Round KHSAA Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament
Friday March 20, 2009
West Jessamine- 72
Grayson County- 67
Lexington Catholic- 56
Shelby Valley- 69
State Semifinals KHSAA Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament
Saturday March 21, 2009
West Jessamine- 48
Elliott County- 57
State Championship KHSAA Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament
Saturday March 21, 2009
OTHER ARTICLES ON THIS AMAZING TEAM FROM ELLIOTT COUNTY KENTUCKY
Part 2 Elliott County Boys Basketball: Could this be Hoosiers II?
Part 3 Eliott County Boys Basketball: Could this be Hoosiers II?
Part 4 Elliott County Boys Basketball: Could this be Hoosiers II?
Part 5 The dream ends but the memories are forever
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