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April 10, 2013

EAST KENTUCKY BASKETBALL HISTORY:Paintsville and Pikeville an early and dirty basketball rivalry



 According to the Paintsville Herald the game was called, “one of the roughest games of basket ball played in this section of the country.” It started out with a quick Tiger basket by right forward Lee Marsh and it seemed that the two teams were on their way to playing a very good game. However, it went downhill from there. According to the paper, “Everything was displayed in this game except basket ball. First one little crooked move and then another and the game progressed like a kettle of water starting to boil. Both captains were disqualified in the third quarter for slugging. L. Morris, Pikeville’s right forward, was taken from the game with a torn ligament and Douglas Ramey, left forward for Paintsville, was body blocked in the last quarter and knocked unconscious.” It is not clear who won the fight, but Pikeville won the game in another blowout, 26-9, to end Paintsville’s season.

 The Pikeville and Paintsville rivalry calmed down a bit after 1926, but it flared up again in 1930. On January 21, 1930 the following letter was sent to the KHSAA from Paintsville coach and athletic director J. Earl Walker:

“I am writing you in regards to Pikeville High School. We are having trouble with them in trying to get them to play eligible men and now have

to come to you for your rulings. Here is some of their workings – four of my eligibility lists show that one

of their boys will be 21 years of age on the 7 day of Feb. and they did not furnish me with my eligibility list last Sat. night until right before the game,

and this list had his birth date changed to Dec. 7, 1909. Here is another man that is ineligible – I think. He started school on the 12th day of Nov. and

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