49 Years Ago: Central Boys Basketball State Champions (PHOTOS)

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Victor McCauley shared these pictures from the 1965 Central High state championship basketball team. Saturday, the Blackman boys became the first team since that Tiger team to win the title. The photos were from a Central yearbook. It's interesting to note that Dickie Thomas, who was on this team (bottom row, far right), was the coach of the Oakland boys in 1984. The Pats were the last team, before Blackman, to get to the title game. They lost to Chattanooga Brainard.

Back Row (L-R): Melvin Haynes, Randy Beasley, Bill Weldon, Charlie Jordan & Mike Jones. 
Front Row (L-R): Ken Piety, Ricky Lasseter, Jerry Helton & Dickie Thomas.
Missing from the team picture are: Gary Ralston and Gipson Baucum. Team managers were Duncan Baugh, Dave Stentz and Tommy Johns.

Central basketball coach Lee Pate is presented a key to the city by Mayor Hollis Westbrooks.

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