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April 10, 2013

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



played on an independent team on Nov. 22. The eligibility list showed that he started school on Nov. 12 but it is a fact that he did not enter school until

sometime after this independent game.”

The Pikeville player in question was Jack Casebolt and from the evidence presented by Coach Walker, Pikeville had changed his birthday on the eligibility lists from February 7, 1909 (2/7/1909) to December 7, 1919 (12/7/1909), making him almost a full year younger. To back-up his evidence Walker wanted the KHSAA to write to “Donald Bishop of Belfry, U. M. Ross at Prestonsburg, D. C. Boles at Pikeville and I have some former players of this High School that played against them and they were in H. S. five years ago.”

 This was just not the only problem that the Paintsville coach had with Pikeville. In another letter to the KHSAA on February 10, 1930, Walker wrote,


“Here is another fact that should prove that they must be ineligible; Grayson [High School] played up there Christmas holidays, this Coach

[Pikeville’s] asked him if he cared if he played some ineligible men against him and the Grayson Coach, D. A. Musick, said no, but these

players appeared in the game in the latter half. When I played them in Pikeville, 18th day of January. They did not start these three men until

our teams had played 8 min. without scoring and then they sent them in. This Superintendent there, T. W. Oliver, was at Pikeville when he got

them kicked out one such time before. Here is the reason why I don’t care any thing about “A” and “B” Class schools; I am the only “A” class

school up here that can hold Pikeville alike. The “B” class schools don’t care who Pikeville plays because they know if they just win the “B”

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