GULF HIGH SCHOOL
Boys Basketball HistoryThis page is under construction. Contributions are welcome via email to Jeff Miller. This page was last revised on Feb. 28, 2013.
1922-1923On Oct. 5, 1922, the "Gulf High School Notes" column in the New Port Richey Press reported, "We have no equipment at present but we hope that some plan will be devised in the near future for securing basketball outfits, as we wish to organize two teams, one for girls and one for boys. However, apparently no basketball was played in the 1922-23 school year.
1923-1924On Sept. 21, 1923, the New Port Richey Press reported: "The girls of the high school have been busy the past week holding frequent candy sales, the proceeds of which will be used for the purchase of a basket ball and goals. A start will be made in basket ball this year on a sand court, but the school hopes to have either a hardsurfaced court or an outdoor plank floor to play on before the end of the season."
On Nov. 9, 1923, Gulf High Life reported: "The basketballs have arrived but the standards have not been put up yet, but we hope to have them up before long. We are also anxious to have the court hard-surfaced. ... The boys' and girls' athletic association are planning a program, which is to be given next month, for the purpose of raising sufficient funds to hard-surface the basketball court.
On Jan. 11, 1924, the boys basketball team played St. Petersburg High School on the town court at 8 p.m. Gulf lost 14-12. This is Gulf's earliest known basketball game played against another school.
On Mar. 7, 1924, the New Port Richey Press reported, "The high school has had a very successful season in basketball this year, considering this to be the first year of organized athletics. Out of the six games played Gulf high won four and lost two."
The team played Tarpon Springs High School and George Washington and Woodrow Wilson of Tampa.
1924-1925On Oct. 17, 1924, Gulf Hi-Life reported: "The net proceeds that the Gulf High School received last week from the Box Social, for the benefit of the Boys Athletic Club, was $85.00 and this will be used to a great advantage in helping with this work. A basket ball for the boys, and a volley ball for the school has been ordered, and is expected to arrive this week. Practicing will begin immediately."
On Nov. 21, 1924, Gulf Hi-Life reported: "Last Wednesday some of the High School boys were dismissed from school to work on the Basket Ball court, as it was in a bad condition. Friday night, Nov. 14th the boys of Gulf High played a Basket Ball game with Odessa, Gulf High winning by a score of 20 to 6."
On Dec. 5, 1924, Gulf Hi-Life reported: "The Gulf High Basket Ball team played a game with the town team of New Port Richey, on the town court Thursday. Gulf High won by a score of 34 to 4."
On Jan. 16, 1925, the New Port Richey Press reported: "Our Boys Basket Ball team is improving, we practice twice a week and take Physical Culture twice. ... Our next game is scheduled January 16, with Largo. The game will be played in New Port Richey, at 3:30 o'clock. We hope everybody will come out and root for our team."
1926-1927On Sept. 3, 1926, the New Port Richey Press reported that Gerald Young and Roscoe Baker were manager and captain of the basketball team respectively.
On Jan. 7, 1927, the New Port Richey Press reported there will be a basketball game against Dade City Friday night, both boys and girls teams.
1927-1928On Mar. 16, 1928, the New Port Richey Press reported: "The boy's and girl's teams journeyed to Brooksville Friday afternoon to play Basket Ball. We girls lost 14-12. The boys won 41 to 6. So ended the Basketball season."
1929-1930On Nov. 1, 1929, Gulf Hi Life reported, "James Grey caused considerable commotion Thursday at basket ball practice; appearing in such shocking apparel as to cause the heart of the most serene girl to flutter."
On Dec. 18, 1929, the St. Petersburg Evening Independent reported:
The first inter-scholastic basket ball matches were played on the remodelled open-air court of the Gulf High school Friday night between that school and Brooksville. A large crowd witnessed the games. The girls’ game was lost to Brooksville, 14 to 16. The high point scorer of both teams was Miss Ruth Draft, Gulf High, with 12 points, the next being Miss Burns, Brooksville, with 10. The Gulf High boys won, 14 to 9. Hatton and Kolb were the star cagers, almost equalled by Good and Cook, Brooksville. After the games refreshments were served the players and substitutes at the school and then all repaired to the Knights of Pythias hall, where a dance was given in honor of the visitors by the girls of the Gulf High, the music being furnished by the recently formed high school orchestra. Last week, at Brandon, the Gulf High boys won, 19 to 1, and the girls, 17 to 1. The next match will be played at New Port Richey, girls and boys both, with Zephyrhills high school.
On Feb. 7, 1930, the New Port Richey Press referred to the GHS basketball team as the "Cootees" and the "Cooteeites." On Feb. 21, 1936, the same newspaper reported that the Gulf High Cooties won two basketball games this week, against Tampa College High on Tuesday night and Zephyrhills High on Wednesday night. [A 1928 graduate recalls the Cooties nickname was in use that year also.]
On Feb. 18, 1930, the St. Petersburg Evening Independent reported, “The Gulf high school boys’ basketball team vanquished the until then undefeated St. Leo’s quintet by two points Friday night, after the fiercest and fastest game seen in these parts for many a moon.”
1930-1931On Jan. 16, 1931, the Tarpon Springs Leader reported that the boys and girls basketball teams from Gulf would be playing the boys and girls teams from Tarpon Springs High School tonight in Tarpon Springs.
1933-1934On Feb. 16, 1934, Gulf High School News (a section of the New Port Richey Press) reported: "The local boys won their hard fought game to the score of 13-4. Those playing were: Wilson Fowler, Fred Kolb, James Grey, Howard Knowles, Wilford Mitchell, Bill Sonderburg and Martin Vickers. The second annual Gulf coast high school basketball tournament will start this (Friday) afternoon on the Dade City court at two o'clock. There are 10 high school teams which are competing. The participating schools are Zephyrhills, New Port Richey, Brooksville, Webster, Bushnell, Wildwood, Inverness, Crystal River, Dunnellon and Pasco."
1935-1936On Jan. 24, 1936, the New Port Richey Press reported: "The Gulf High basketball team, undefeated so far this season by any team within the Gulf Coast Association, faces formidable opposition tonight (Friday) when it meets the strong St. Leo team here on the home court. The game will begin at 7:30, on account of the dance that is to be given later for the benefit of the team. In the first game of the season, Gulf High had no trouble downing Brooksville by a score of 25-11. In the next game, which was played at Zephyrhills, the Cooties pierced the Zephyrhills defense almost at will, the final score being 32-6. There have been no star performers in these two games, every man on the team turning in a good steady performance. Bareford and Anderson are at present leading the rest of the squad in number of points scored, each of these boys having scored as many or more points than the entire teams of the opposition."
On Feb. 21, 1936, the New Port Richey Press reported: "The Gulf High Cooties wound up their home schedule for the season by winning handily from Tampa College High on Tuesday night and from Zephyrhills Wednesday night. Tuesday night Tampa College went down on the short end of a 32-23 score, and Zephyrhills lost a double-header, with the Gulf High girls winning 17-12, while the boys followed up with a decisive 40-24 victory. In the Tampa College game, Roig was leading scorer for the losers with 6 points, while Bareford led the Cooties with 14. Wednesday night J. Mott led the Breezers from the Hills with 8 points, with Anderson scoring 20 points for Gulf High. Gulf High has two more games scheduled, one with Tarpon Springs Friday night (tonight) and the last game of the season with Dade City the 26th. Both of these games will be played away from home. Gulf High is No. 4 seeded team in the Gulf Coast conference tournament, which will be held in Wildwood Feb. 28 and 29. Drawing a bye in the first round, the Cooties will play the winner of the Dade City-Zephyrhills game in the quarter-finals."
1936-1937According to the recollections of Jim Clark, "in 1937 Gulf had only two sports, basketball and baseball."
1937-1938On Feb. 18, 1938, the New Port Richey Press reported, "The Gulf high basketball team, bolstered by the fast and accurate shooting of Pete Frierson, turned in a victory over the Dade City Pirates last Friday in the county seat by the score of 27-19, in a hard-fought game. Frierson topped the scorers with 15 points, while Bareford came along with 8 points to make the position of New Port Richey secure."
1939-1940The 1940 yearbook shows head coach Oliver Daugherty and players Manley Lashua, Francis Taylor, David Luikart, Joe Littel, Harmon Stevenson, Worth Littel, David Clark, Clifford Carnegie, Napoleon Falany.
1941-1942The 1942 yearbook reported that the basketball team did not play the entire schedule because the school bus became unavailable for transporting the players and because of the tire shortage, the players found it difficult to get to the games. The yearbook also reported that players were handicapped by practicing on Gulf's dirt court, and that the baskets at Tarpon Springs were about a foot higher than the ones on the clay court at Gulf.
1942-1943There was no basketball in 1942-1943, because of gasoline rationing.
1943-1944On Jan. 14, 1944, the New Port Richey Press reported that "Gulf high school has finally organized a team that will do credit to the school, according to A. H. Stevens, who is head coach as well as principal of the local school. Basketball being completely forgotten last year, has resulted in Coach Stevens developing a team centered around two players with previous experience. James Butler and Harland Kingsley, having formerly played with the 'Bucs,' will undoubtedly see action again this year."
However, a subsequent newspaper article (see below) suggests there was no basketball in 1943-1944.
1944-1945Apparently there was no basketball in 1944-1945.
1945-1946On Jan. 11, 1946, the New Port Richey Press reported: "After a lay-off from basketball for the past two years, the Gulf High School Buccaneers opened their current basketball campaign by dropping the opener to the alumni team last Friday night, 26-20. James Butler and Coach A. H. Stevens led the alumni attack by scoring 11 and nine points respectively."
On Jan. 25, 1946, the New Port Richey Press reported, “Coach J. J. Blake announced that his high school Buccaneers will play the Dade City Pirates on the local basketball court this Friday afternoon at 2:30. All the games have been arranged for the afternoons due to the poor lighting conditions of the local court. Principal A. H. Stevens has approached the City Council regarding the improvement of the light situation, but as yet no action has been taken.”
The 1946 yearbook reported, "Gulf High has not had a basketball team in two years but this year the Buccaneers fielded a team. The boys were green and inexperienced but showed great spirit against their opponents." The yearbook shows Coach Johnnie Blake, and players Archie Boyd, Capt. Marvin Burney, Jerry Newell, Walter Fraddosio, John Phillips, Johnnie Butler, Jack Vannette, Joseph Weiskopf, James Lochelt, Marvin Lochelt, Oscar Pedrazas, David Dewitt, Carl Brady, Rupert Bethel, James Drinkard.
1946-1947On Feb. 25, 1947, Gulf lost to Tarpon Springs 113-13. The game apparently apparently established a statewide record in high school basketball.
1953-1954Coach: John Semago. The team consisted of Jerry Zimpleman, Ken Thompson, Bill West, Jim Williams, Dick Wiersma, Tom Scott, Kenneth Carey, Robert Newsome, Ray Lanphar, Eddie Stemple, Frymon Smith, Frank Edwards, and Kerry Whitenack.
1954-1955Coach: Al Lagano. Top players were Frank Edwards, Jerry Zempleman, Ken Carey, Jon Dorminy, Jim Lanning, Marvin Pitman, Lorie Goodman, Robert Newsome.
The team lost to Crystal River 40-29 and defeated Zephyrhills 48-45 and 46-38. Home games were played at Sims Park.
1958-1959Gulf played Zephyrhills, Inverness, Tarpon Springs, Crystal River, Admiral Farragut, Dade City, Bushnell, and Brooksville (some teams twice). The 1959 yearbook shows the starting five: Donnie Webb, Gene Little, Herman Spinks, Walton McMickle, and Jon Gay.
1960-1961Coach: Ed. Syron. A preview of the season listed top returning vets from last year as Donnie Webb, Bobby Sibo, Paul Lepisto, and Dan Sibley. Freshmen Tim Slater, a transfer from Pittsburgh, should see much action.
1961-1962A newspaper picture of the team has: "Coach Ed. Syron's Gulf High cagers completed their season's schedule the past week with a mediocre 9-17 record. Although the Bucs were inconsistent much of the time, they showed flashes of brilliance on occasion. Prospects for next year are bright, with a talented group of sophomores moving up and the return of Mike Park, all Tampa Bay Conference forward, along with Bob and Jim Edwards, and Tim Slater, among others. Park averaged better than 17 points per game to set a new school record during the past season. Pictured above are members of the varsity squad. They are, left to right, bottom row: Tim Slater, Bob Edwards, Bill Colbert, Mike Fike, Tom Kolean, Mike Park, Bill Oxendine. Top row: Bobby Green, Jim Hawkins, Billy Bennett, Phil Chesnut, Richard Parizek, Jim Edwards, John Grey, and Coach Ed Syron."
The team record was 21-4, the best in school history. The team tied for first place in the Tampa Bay Conference with Hernando High School at the end of the regular season. Both teams had 6-1 records. Gulf went on to win the TBC championship tournament by defeating Brandon 69-55.
The team ended the season in February 1963 with a loss to Apopka in the state tournament in Gainesville after 13 consecutive wins.
The season included a 61-24 win over the Pinecrest Pilots at the Tarpon Springs Junior High gym.
The team consisted of Alvin (Al) Eyers, James (Jim) Hawkins, Tim Durden, Mike Park, Jim Dreher, Jim Pannell, William Slater, John Fraddosio, John Short, Terry Woodcock, Jim Prack, Jim Hawkins, Frank Robson, and Doug King. Head coach: Tommy Weightman.
1963-1964The team had a 4-3 conference record under Coach Tom Weightman.
On Jan. 16, 1964, the New Port Richey Press reported that the team upped its TBC record to 2-1 and its overall record to 7-4 with a 72-37 win over Turkey Creek.
1964-1965Starters: Pete Little, Dennis Kolean, Doug King, Jeff Beach, Tim Durden.
1967-1968In February 1968 the team scored 104 points in defeating Hernando High School.
The team record was 16-8 record, the best since 1963. The yearbook reported that the team scored more than 90 points in six games, "with one record-setting game of 104, to make this the highest scoring season in Gulf's history. And with seven returning lettermen, Coach Tom Weightman has good reason to look forward to an even better season next year."
On Jan. 23, 1969, the New Port Richey Press reported that the Gulf basketball team defeated Admiral Farragut 107-54 on Tuesday, breaking a school record for most points scored in a game.
On Feb. 20, 1969, the New Port Richey Press reported that the Gulf Buccaneers won the first annual Sunshine Conference Basketball Tournament Saturday, defeating the Hernando Leopards 79-76 at the Clearwater Catholic gym.
Gulf came in second place in the district, defeating St. Petersburg 67-65 in overtime and Tarpon Springs 66-61. The team lost to Gibbs in the district final, 83-69.
Gulf's conference record was 10-0; the overall record was 18-4. Coach: Ron Fritchley. The team co-captains were Steve Luikart and Tom Huey.
1969-1970Coach: Ron Fritchley.
The team won the Sunshine conference championship and tournament. Eldon Reich believes the team was 10 and 1 in conference and 20 and 4 overall. At least three athletes went on to play college ball, Reich, Glenn Dupont, and Ralph Foster.
1971-1972On Dec. 22, 1971, Vic Mallett scored 50 points in a game against Tarpon Springs.
1972-1973Head basketball coach: Joe Bever.
1976-1977Coach: Michael L. McPheron. [Before coming to Gulf High, McPheron was drafted by the Chicago Bulls of the NBA but decided instead to accept a teaching post at Gulf Junior High to escape the midwestern winters. He later coached at Seminole High School in Pinellas County. He died of cancer at age 52 on Nov. 18, 1999.]
1977-1978Coach: Mike McPheron. Record: 13-13.
1978-1979Coach: Hugh Lindsley. Record: 5-23.
1979-1980Coach: Hugh Lindsley. Record: 5-22.
1980-1981Coach: Dennis Bunnell. Record: 2-22.
1981-1982Coach: Ron Robinson. Record: 2-22.
1982-1983Coach: Ron Robinson. Record: 9-20. The team defeated Land O’ Lakes 113-52, the most points scored in a game by a Gulf team ever and the largest margin of victory by a Gulf team ever.
1983-1984Coach: Ron Robinson. Record: 16-12.
1984-1985Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 12-16.
1985-1986Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 15-12.
1986-1987Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 9-16.
1987-1988Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 10-17.
1988-1989Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 10-17.
1989-1990Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 12-17.
1990-1991Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 16-10.
1991-1992Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 16-10.
1992-1993Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 2-21.
1993-1994Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 7-19.
1994-1995Coach: Greg Bollinger. Record: 7-17.
1995-1996Team record: 6-23. Head Coach: Steve Feldman (1st season).
1996-1997Team record: 10-18. Coach: Steve Feldman.
1997-1998Team record: 14-15. Coach: Steve Feldman. This year saw the first trip to Chicago to play in the ECC/Chicagoland Holiday Tournament. Coach Feldman was selected the Tampa Tribune Coach of the Year. Stefano Trompeo walks-on at Univ. of Florida. [In December 1998, Coach Feldman retired Stefano Trompeo’s number 14 jersey. Trompeo was named the permanent head coach of women’s basketball at New York University in March 2009.]
1998-1999Team record: 9-18. Coach: Steve Feldman.
1999-2000Team record: 10-19. Coach: Steve Feldman.
2000-2001Team record: 14-13. Coach: Steve Feldman. Nate Goad signed with Florida College.
The team had a 23-7 record under coach Steve Feldman, who was named SAC Coach of the Year. Joe Phillips was named the SAC County Player of the Year and was a third team All-State selection. The Bucs were in the State Tournament for first time since 1963. The team ended its season on Feb. 21, 2002, losing a regional quarterfinal game against Lecanto. The team had more wins than any team in school history, although the 1963 team, which had a 21-4 record, had a higher winning percentage.
2002-2003Team record: 14-13. Coach: Steve Feldman. Joe Phillips was a second team All-State selection and took 25 school records with him. He signed with PHCC.
2003-2004Team record: 14-13. Coach: Steve Feldman.
2004-2005Team record: 15-12. Coach: Steve Feldman. The team was back in State Tournament for only the third time in school history, and also took its second trip to Chicago to play in the Corus Bank Christmas Tournament.
2005-2006Team record 17-10. Coach: Steve Feldman, the St. Petersburg Times Coach of the Year.
2006-2007Team record 5-21. Coach: Steve Feldman. Anthony Jackson signed with VolState (TN). Josh Ward signed with Trinity College (FL). Kenny Fletcher signed with Patrick Henry College (VA). During the season, Coach Feldman posted his 150th victory at Gulf.
2007-2008Team record: 10-16. Coach: Steve Feldman. Feldman left Gulf at the end of the 2007-08 school year, having coached boys basketball for 13 years at Gulf. He was the winningest coach in program history with 164 wins, and led the Buccaneers to their only two state tournament berths and guided them to their only district title.
2008-2009Team record 5-20. Head coach: Paul Schulman.
2009-2010Team record: 7-20. Head coach: Buck DeWitt.
2010-2011Head coach: Buck DeWitt.
2011-2012Team record: 10-14. Head coach: Jeff Shank.
BOYS BASKETBALL RECORDSNote: This section was provided by Coach Feldman I have not received any official updates from the coaching staff recently. Unofficially, however, I understand that Kyle Scianna had 1063 regular season points, but over 1100 counting tip-offs. He also broke the record for most free throws made in a game with 22. I also understand that David Ramirez had 1271 points and broke the record for most points in a half, scoring 35 in the second half against Hudson. -jm
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This article appeared in the New Port Richey Press on Feb. 21, 1963.