JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – It has just amazed me over the years the number of coaches and players I come across who can recall seasons, games, plays and players names just like that. Rick Parks, co-captain of the very first Campbell High Cougar Basketball Team, shares some nuts and bolts about that inaugural season.
“Our overall record was 23-6, and we were runner up in the district to Oak Ridge,” said Parks. He goes on to say that the first-year Cougars lost in double overtime in the region to Austin East and “The Big E”, Elston Turner. “Turner went on to Ole Miss, then to the NBA for a 15 year career and now coaches for the Minnesota Timberwolves,” added Parks.
It just so happens that the first head coach of the Cougars, Robert Morton, celebrates his 83rd birthday today. Happy Birthday, Coach!
Campbell hosts Oak Ridge tonight on Brown Court. WLAF has all the televised coverage. Click on the WLAF – Lindsay’s Carpet & Paint Center video player to watch the games. The Lady Cougars play at 6pm followed by the Cougars and Oak Ridge at 7:30m. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/14/2022-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF JANE BAIRD)