This complete article was up with three or four “likes” last evening but disappeared, so here it is again.
The 1952 Betsy Layne High School basketball team is shown.Their star had to be the willowy 6’4″ Grady Wallace. Wallace would go on to Pikeville College for a couple of years before transferring to play for the South Carolina Gamecocks where he would become an All ACC selection in 1956 and again in 1957 as well as a consensus All American 2nd Team selection in 1957 when he led the NCAA in scoring. South Carolina was in the ACC at the time.
A sign along US 23 in Stanville (Floyd County) proudly proclaims the fact that it was his hometown (it also has been mine for twenty some years).
Betsy Layne won the eight team 58th District Tournament with a 46-44 victory over Martin. They then defeated Phelps in the Regional Tournament before facing Oil Springs and Bob Daniels in the semifinals. They fell to Oil Springs 56-51.
Oil Springs’ star had to be Bob Daniels. Daniels went on to star in basketball as well as baseball at Western Ky University. He was drafted in the NBA(Cincinnati Royals) but did not play.
In the mid 1960’s he became an assistant coach to Guy Strong (another great from our area) at Kentucky Wesleyan, a Division ll school, where they won a National Championship in 1966. Daniels became the school’s head coach and guided the Panthers to two consecutive national championships in 1968 (28-3) and 1969 (25-5). He was selected as Coach of The Year in 1971.
For more on his great story here is the link to the article we posted on June 15, 2016. Just click it and read or cut and paste it into your browser : https://www.facebook.com/…/bob-daniels-who…/468671846673725/
We sincerely hope you enjoyed our first attempt at PHOTO FRIDAY. We tried to spotlight at least one team from each of our four region area. We may do this again.You may have noticed we had three players who would put our area on the national stage at one time or another in Don Wallen as National High School Coach of The Year as well as the two mentioned in this article.We think you will agree that our area never has run short on prominence in sports