Hazard had a 2nd Team All State basketball player in 1952 in Dick Keffer. Keffer helped take the Bulldogs to the 14th Region finals before bowing to Hindman 54-52.Hindman was tough as nails in 1952 and finished in third place in the State Tournament thanks to the consolation game in those days.
Homer Lee Osborne coached the 1951-52 Hazard Bulldogs to a 20-12 season in 1951-52, his last of a six year stint as coach for the team. His record at the school was 135-55.
Dick Keffer was an integral part of the transition time in high school basketball from low scoring games and set shots. That transition probably began in the lat 1940. His one hand jumpshots thrilled many in the Hazard stands and in later years at Louisville.
Researching Keffer : It is very hard to locate much about Dick Keffer’s high school prowess on the internet but a two game set with Whitesburg in the 1951-52 season tells how exciting the times were.
In one game during January, 1952, we found Hazard losing at Whitesburg to a great Yellowjackets team 56-55. The kind of game we all appreciate watching. Remember the article on Whitesburg’s Jimmy Tolliver last year? Well, the Yellowjacket was high point man this night with 22 while the visiting Keffer had 21. What a game it must have been. 
But on February 05 later in the season Hazard got its revenge on its new home court, Memorial Gym, as the Bulldogs pulled out a 75-65 victory. Again it was a much anticipated matchup between Tolliver and Keffer. Tolliver had the most points again with 30 of his Yellowjackets’ 65 points and Keffer had 21 for Hazard, tying his teammate Quilen as high man for the Bulldogs. The Tolliver-Keffer matchups filled the stands each time they met. What a time for high school basketball it was. 
The 6ft. guard Keffer went on to play at the University of Louisville. Where he later would be joined by former Hazard teammate, Roscoe Shackleford. By Christmas of 1954 Keffer was listed as 10th in the country in free throw shooting. By senior night in late February, 1956, Keffer was listed as averaging 5.6 ppg for Coach Peck Hickman at Louisville. In different newspaper articles over the course of his UL career it was found Keffer was a top substitute and in various games was outstanding on defense while in others it was a deadly outside shot that gave zone defenses trouble.
In March, 1956 the UL team defeated favorite Dayton to capture the NIT crown. Crowds greeted them at the airport making it a special time in the lives of UL players, especially in Dick Keffer’s life as it was his last collegiate game.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here