Red Devils Open Campaign on Home Court – “B” Team Opposes Blaney in Opener of Double header. Terrifics Getting Ready for Season.
Bidding for the prominent place they once occupied in South Carolina interscholastic basketball, the Olympia Red Devils will open their campaign Saturday night on Pacific court.
In order to give the school a rousing sendoff, Coach Harry Shealy, graduate of Newberry college, has scheduled a double header for the debut. The “varsity” will oppose Winnsboro at 8:15 in the nightcap and the “B”club, directed by Dick Weaver, will clash with Blaney at 7:15 in the opener.
The Devils will appear in their flashy crimson uniforms.
Prospect are brighter than they have been in several years. Only Two regulars were lost from last year’s fine aggregation. They were Dillard Jako and R. E. Webb.
With the exception of Eldon Grant, guard, all members of the first team are veterans.
Besides Grant, starters against Winnsboro will probably be: The Gordon cousins, Buddy and W. S. Forwards: Jolly Worrell, center, and Bill Knox, guard.
Season Tickets Sold.
For the first time in its history Olympia is selling season tickets for its home basketball contests. Already 200 have been sold to students and a campaign to sell adult tickets, just begun, is meeting with success.
Olympia plans to reward its supporters with a superior brand of performance and a schedule against some of the best teams in the state.
Sumter has already been booked to play the Red Devils on the Pacific court Friday night of next week.
The Red Devils are practicing three afternoons a week- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – in the main Pacific gymnasium, where all their home games will be played.
With their campaign to open the latter part of the month, the Pacific Terrifics are fast rounding into top form under the direction of Lewie White, former University of South Carolina player.
Harry Briggs, stellar floor man, reported last week, adding considerable strength to the squad.
He is playing at guard with the No. 1 quintet. Roy (“Wese”) Pursley who like Briggs, is a product of the brilliant Olympia high wchool teams of a few years ago, is at the other guard.
Others members of the first team are James Gordon, former Olympia start, who was outstanding for Southside Baptist in the Pacific Sunday School league last year, forward; Dewey Pursley, erstwhile Pacific player who played in Horse Creek valley last year and just recently withdrew from Newberry college, forward; Sam Cooper, who was a main-stay at Brookland-Cayce and Olympia high school center.
Second Team Strong, Too.
The No. 2 team is composed of Oliver Darby and Rudolph Culclasure, forwards; Wilse Sullivan, center; Jack Grant and Dick Weaver, guards.
Buddy Martin and Fock Jennings, Pacific veterans, are expected to report soon.
New uniforms for the Terrific have been ordered.
Practices are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in the main Pacific gymnasium.