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Bulldog's Championship Season, Basketball - 54
07/03/01     Ralph E. Pruitt  (1956)      rpru@earthlink.net
I clearly recall the game against the Buena
Vista Blues where a player by the name of
Marcus Haines sunk a jump shot in the closing
seconds to win the State Championship for
MaVaHi. Although I recall listening to the
game by radio, I fail to remember what year
it happened - or even if I have the players
name correct. Is there anyone out there that
could help me with this?
07/03/01     Rev. David Sparks  (1962)      cdsparks@rjia.net
Re: Bulldog's Championship Season, Basketball
Ralph, in answer to your question about the young man who sank the winning shot, perhaps you are thinking about Mickey Haynes, class of '61. He was one of the best players Mavahi ever produced. He came through time after time for the Bulldogs the year we won the Blue Ridge District and the State title.
Of course, the unforgettable Jimmy Young, (Class of '62)added greatly to each point total during those remarkable games leading up to the title.

I remember you and your family very well. Your brother Billy was one of my personal heroes when I was a little fellow growing up on Jones Creek. He could kick a football farther than anyone I ever saw.

He always treated me with respect, even though I was somewhat younger than him. I will always respect and honor his memory.
07/03/01     Ralph E. Pruitt  (1956)      rpru@earthlink.net
Re: Bulldog's Championship Season, Basketball
I stand corrected by David Sparks - who so
graciously replied to my request for in-
formation. It was indeed "Mickey Haynes"
and not "Marcus Haines". Marcus Haines, if
my memory is now working right, was a drib-
bling specialist with the long ago Globe
Trotters. Thanks, David, you and the entire
Sparks family continues to amaze me. The
team of '61 was no doubt a good one. How-
ever, how do they compare with the team that
had Ted Young, Terry Mitchell and Wayne
07/18/01     Ralph E. Pruitt  (1956)      rpru@earthlink.net
Re: Bulldog's Championship Season, Basketball
I would like to take this opportunity to
thank Reverend Sparks for the kind words he
spoke of my brother, Billy "Chew" Pruitt.
He was known by many as a "bad dude" - but,
Billy really had a "heart of gold". "Chew"
lost a 3 year battle with cancer while re-
siding in Winston Salem, NC, and passed on
at the tender age of 37.
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