Plans to bring together some of the best basketball players and coaches from southcentral Kentucky are being finalized.
That talent, including former cheerleaders and team managers, will be recognized at a basketball reunion Sept. 19-20 in Glasgow.
The task of putting together this special event is being organized by a local committee headed up by Charlie Hunter, former Bunche High School and Oklahoma City University basketball great. He is being helped by former Western Kentucky University star Woody Gardner.
Hunter, who led Bunche to a 5th Region title and trip to the state tournament in 1961, had the idea of honoring all the high school athletes, coaches, cheerleaders and managers from the area in a special two-day event.
“This event is for all basketball players, coaches, managers and cheerleaders in the southcentral Kentucky area who played from 1950 to 2000,” Hunter said. “I was talking to Woody Gardner, who played at Park City. I asked Woody what he thought about a reunion and he thought there would be a lot of interest in this.”
Hunter and Gardner said their goal is to target players, coaches, cheerleaders and managers not only in Glasgow and Barren County, but also from Bowling Green, Franklin, Russellville, Owensboro, Scottsville, Columbia, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Princeton, Madisonville, and Hopkinsville.
The two-day event will include a banquet on Sept. 19 at Barren County High School and a “Fun Day” on Sept. 20 at Beaver Trail Park, which will be open to the public.
The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social time and dinner will start at 7 p.m. Hunter said he is working on guest speakers for the banquet.
On Saturday at Beaver Trail Park, there will be food vendors, live music, games and other entertainment. Highlighting the entertainment will be the band The Unpredictables.
Some important names will be receiving special invitations, Hunter said. They include: Clem and Paul Haskins, Jim McDaniel, Jim Richards and members of the 1968 State Championship team, Clarence Glover and others who have made significant contributions to the game.
The committee hopes to have good attendance from former Glasgow Scottie and Barren County Trojan players, along with former pre-consolidation players from Austin Tracy, Hiseville, Park City, Temple Hill, Hart Memorial and former county schools in Warren County like Bristow and Alvaton.
Also a special effort is being made to bring out former players, coaches, managers and cheerleaders from pre-integration schools like Bunche, Franklin Lincoln, Hopkinsville Attucks and Princeton Dotson, and other schools in Simpson County, Hart County, Hardin County, Logan County, Daviess County, Allen County, Cumberland County, Clinton County, Taylor County, Adair County and Caldwell County.
For more information or to register for the reunion, contact Hunter at 270-404-1948 or by email at email@example.com, Larry Bransford at 270-576-0650, Jerry Ream at 270-651-8987, Darel Carrier at 270-792-2803, Kenny Britt at 270-991-6214 or Alonzo Webb at 270-799-8235.
The cost is $30 per person and $5 for children under 12. Deadline for registration is July 31.