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Germantown High School Basketball Team 1947

Photo Courtesy of Sam Haynes Photo Shop, 2173 Young Avenue, Memphis

GHS Basketball Team 1947
1946-1947 Basketball Team

The 1946-1947 Basketball Squad got away to a slow start due to injuries, sickness, and other factors. Almost every game was a close battle from start to finish nine of the seventeen games in the regular schedule were decided by margins of five points or less. 

In the District Tournament, the Red Devils drew a bye in the first round. After Bartlett upset Millington in a red-hot contest, the Panthers lost to Germantown 31-26 in the second round. Meanwhile, Bolton had upset Whitehaven to reach the finals. In the game between Bolton and Germantown, the Red Devils were in control all the way to cap a 38-28 verdict, and the District Trophy.

In the Unit Tournament, Germantown, representing the First District, met Messick, the second-place team from the Second District (Memphis). After leading 18-15 at the half, the Red Devils went down before the torrid basket-shooting of “Stumpy” Kirk to lose 41-32.

The starting quintet was composed of Capt. John “Sonny” Payne and Billy “Stubby” Peters, forwards, Elton “Bubber” Heckle, center, Bobby Lanier and Jimmy Springfield, guards. Skippy Daniel and David Posey were capable substitutes whose entrance to the lineup caused no weakening of the team play.

GHS Basketball Team 1948

Germantown High School Basketball Team 1948

Front Row:
#33- Tom McLaughlin, #32- Skippy Daniel, #30- David Posey, #31-Hood Goodrich,
#34 Boyd Arthur
Back Row:
#38- Bobby Taylor, #36-Charlie La Croix, #35-Hugh Hurst, #37- Rodney Berry,
#39- Robert Pinkston

Championship Record: 1-2

Appearances (2):
1980, 1977