Editor’s Note – The is the third in a series of four stories featuring the 2017 inductees into The Times-Gazette Highland County Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees will be honored, along with nearly 30 high school senior scholar-athletes, at a banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 22 at the Ponderosa Banquet Center in Hillsboro. The public can reserve tickets for the event by calling 937-402-2522.
Eighty-nine years ago a team from tiny Marshall High School accomplished something that no Highland County team before or after has ever matched in any sport. The Red Flashes won the 1928 Class “B” state basketball tournament.
And they didn’t even have a gym to call their own, playing their home games in the Hillsboro Armory.
“Sometimes they practiced at the Armory, at Hillsboro High School some, but mostly it was wherever they could, even outside sometimes,” said Bob Patton, a Marshall graduate and the unofficial historian of the community. “A lot of times people used to say that they ran to Hillsboro to practice, but I’m not so sure about that.”
Regardless, the Red Flashes’ feat has never been matched and for that reason they are being inducted into The Times-Gazette Highland County Athletic Hall of Fame.
It all started in 1927 when the school hired Noah “Snag” Emery as its basketball coach. According to Patton, Emery had played two years of minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization and he put together a really good Marshall team right away.
Marshall won the 36-team district tournament and made it to the semifinals of the eight-team state tournament that first year….
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