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Lone Jack Alumni and Others:

Twenty years ago, some immeasurable time was expended while researching and subsequently updating the history of Lone Jack High School basketball. That effort is presented here.

The compilation at the end of this "page" will link the reader to any specific year, and the year as shown (e.g., 1937) will represent the school year (1936-37).

Except for a few deemed "star" players and "unforgettable" teams in the author's subjective opinion at the time - some of whom are showcased in the table of contents - no conscious effort was made to consider any particular team or person.
If you fail to find an "urban legend" or discover any other insufficiency, the explanation might be - in addition to the author's innumerable fallibilities - that the few resources utilized were not totally inclusive.

[ It's a virtual certainty that "You" will be adequately and prominently projected ! ]

In several instances, the primary sources (newspaper sports departments) were providing only minimal coverage of the tournaments, therefore only an abbreviated review is provided here.

The primary sources were selected copies of the Pineville Sun-Courier, Harlan Daily Enterprise and Middlesboro Daily News - and emphases were placed upon the tournaments and the events surrounding them.

1931 was not the beginning of Lone Jack High School nor its basketball program. It was chosen as the beginning for this effort.

Many other persons from our district, regional, and state schools are mentioned in these several pages as they inter-related with the Lone Jack basketball program.
In fact, the text is 99 percent about the 13th Region (as we know it today) and mountain basketball in general for fifty four years - the central theme throughout being a remembrance of the Mustangs.

This effort is concerned primarily with boys basketball, although many of the years will highlight the girls' programs. Before a long hiatus which ended in the '70s, girls basketball was superbly played in Kentucky's high schools.

The negro schools' basketball histories (prior to integration of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Athletic Association League in 1957) are not visited.



George Buck Hendrickson Jr., 72

FOURMILE - George Buck Hendrickson Jr., 72, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2006, at the Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin.

He was born in Fourmile on June 24, 1933, the son of the late George B. and Lucy Woolum Hendrickson. He had been a lifelong member of Riverside Baptist Church and he had been a teacher and Basketball Coach.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Robert L. Hendrickson; and sisters and their husbands, Janice and Kermit Vanbever, Janet and Roy Jarvis, Rowena Hendrickson, and Roberta and Lindsey Joe Baker.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Gaynelle Jackson Hendrickson; sons and daughters-in-law, George David and Sharon Hendrickson of Jackson, Ky., and Leonard Ellis and Tammy Hendrickson of Hindman, Ky.; grandchildren, Robert Leonard Hendrickson of Hindman, Lauren Brooke and Aaron Johnson of Jenkins, Ky., Tara Ganelle Hendrickson of Hindman, and Whitney Denae Hendrickson of Jackson; sister-in-law, Virginia Hendrickson of Fourmile; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hugh R. and Jean Noe of Knoxville, Tenn., Kermit and Lois Jackson, and Gary and Tammy Jackson, all of Rutledge, Tenn.; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Jack Dennison, the Rev. William Terrell Gibson, Rodney Woods and the Rev. Charles Jones presiding.

Burial will be in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens, Middlesboro.
Pallbearers will be Bobbie Widner, Kenny Woods, Eddie Saylor, Andy Buell, Lonnie Ricketts, Tommy Garland, Keith Lefevers, Tommy Burkett, Lee “Cotton” Gambrel, Bobby Philpot, Robert Goe, Wayne Lowe, Delmar Mahan, Chalice Bingham and Bobby Ray Hendrickson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Goodin, Bill Bailey, Dr. Bo Ausmus, Dr. Satish, Dr. Steve Morgan, Dr. Jerry Woolum, Shirley Goodin, Harold Lester, Leo Howard, and the 1954 thru 1966 Lone Jack High School basketball teams.

The family received friends from 6 until 9 p.m. Sunday at the Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville.


"Chin-stroking" Time !!

Do you recall Marion Cluggish, Win Fluker, Chief Fletcher, Fritz Nau, "Mooneye" Price, or Harlan County's "Purple Devils" and "Red Devils" ?
[ Hint: If you remember Cluggish, you're at least 75 years old. ]

Do you recall that one player who scored the last Mustang goal in a tournament ... and also the last goal at Edgar Dean Gymnasium (Four Mile). See the 1984 discussion.

Who was the Mustangs' first All-SEKC performer (1st team) ?

  • Bill Roop ('65) ?
  • Johnny "Monk" Centers ('66) ?
  • Rodney Woods ('69) ?
  • Bob Widner ('63) ?
[ answer ]


Use this only as an excuse for reminiscence, as we in our later years are fond of doing.

(Orville Alford)




1931 1932193319341935193619371938
1939 1940194119421943194419451946
1947 1948194919501951195219531954
1955 195619571958 1959196019611962
1963 1964196519661967196819691970
1971 1972 197319741975197619771978
1979 19801981198219831984 Statistics
Wallace C Jones "King" Kelly Coleman '56
Rodney Woods '71Bobby Lee Slusher '57
[ Reserved ]Larry Pursiful '58
Mike Smith '80"You"J. M. Webb '55

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