HISTORY OF ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Highlights of 1964
Awards, Diplomas Awarded to Seniors As ZHS School Year Ends, Zephyrhills News, Thursday, June 11, 1964
Commencement exercises for the 84-member 1964 graduating class of
Zephyrhills High School, largest in the school's history, were held
Friday evening in Municipal Auditorium.
Following a prelude of organ selections, Miss Linda Hayden played the
traditional "March of the Priests" as the processional for the
white-capped gowned seniors. Later as the graduates left the auditorium
with their diplomas, the organist played "Pomp and Circumstance" as the
The Reverend Cassian Foley, priest in charge of St. Joseph's Catholic
Church, gave the invocation and the Reverend B. A. Oswald, pastor of
the First Baptist Church, the benediction. David Kaylor gave the
salutatory address using as his topic, "Your Faith Must Be
Justified." Paying tribute to those who planned and laid out the
educational course members of the class had pursued, the salutatorian
said, "In earning our diplomas, we have enacted the paradox of giving
ourselves a greater challenge, that of justifying the faith or our
parents, teachers and community who have given us this education."
He said, "We feel as if we must proceed from this auditorium full of
energy and confidence that we can carry on into a purposeful life--then
we will have earned the trust that you have placed in us."
Ray Preston Bolt entitled his class president's talk "On The Fringe of
Destiny." He said that "while we have the good fortune of being
born into a nation with endless possibilities, we have the even better
fortune of being born into a government dedicated to preserving these
possibilities for every person.”
And "Our enthusiasm will not be dulled by the thought of social
security to help us when we are old or unemployed--the existence of
such a program is very good but we prefer to take care of ourselves."
James Daniels, valedictorian, chose "What Will Tomorrow Be?" as topic
for his address. In its development he pointed out that the laws of
human conduct which were important 100 years ago are still vital today
and will endure indefinitely; that each age works the principles of
human conduct and ideals into its own system of life, government and
Pasco County School Superintendent Chester Taylor presented six of the
school's top awards. he gave the valedictorian and salutatorian medals
to James Daniels, Son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Daniels and David Kaylor,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Kaylor, respectively; the best all-around
awards to John Wintersteen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wintersteen, and
Cletia Weaver, daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Robert N. Weaver; the
journalism award to Anna Jo Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie
Tucker; and the athletic award to Mike McGinnis, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.
County School Board Chairman C. P. Mc Cabe presented five awards
including the scholarship medal to Daniels, the school spirit awards to
Wintersteen and Miss Weaver; the citizenship medal to Ray Bolt, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bolt; and the activities medal to Mike McGinnis.
Other presentations included Zephyrhills Rotary Club $200 scholarships
by the Reverend Millard Mount to James Daniels and Diane Davidson,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Davidson; Zephyrhills High School
Student Council $100 scholarships by David Myers to Jere Alston,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lane Alston and Ray Bolt; Delta Kappa
Gamma $135 scholarship by Principal Charles A. Henderson to Diane
Davidson and a Business University of Tampa $120 scholarship, also by
Principal Henderson to Sunnye Lanham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Mrs. V.E. Witt, county school board member from Zephyrhills, assisted
by Principal Henderson, presented diplomas to the graduates.
Nancy Overhuls was general chairman of the graduation event for which
members of the junior class used the senior class colors, white and
red, in decorating. Members of the junior class were ushers.
After the graduation ceremony, the seniors were entertained at an
all-night party for which Richard Gaskin served as chairman.
homeroom mothers assisted. Mrs. Ray Bolt was in charge of the dance in
Municipal Auditorium and Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Hiott, were in charge of
arrangements which included a movie at the Home Theater. Mr. and Mrs.
John F. Clements presided at a "splash party" at Municipal Pool.
A breakfast at Sunland Restaurant concluded the festivities.
“Outer Limits” Prom Theme, Zephyrhills News, May 28, 1964
“Outer Limits” was the unusual theme of the Junior-Senior Prom Saturday evening in Municipal Auditorium.
Assisting with the transformation process were David Myers, Charlene
Collier, Ronnie Carroll, Marcia McGinnis, Linda Hayden, Barbara
Thompson, Lillian Johnson, Kaye Henry, Joe Maniscalco, Doris Posey,
Dickie Dibble, Michael Massey, Susan Bucey, and Charlene Breckenridge.
Guidance in the dreaming up of “outer limits” props was
given by Class Sponsors Lamar Calhoun, John Geiger and Joe Baldwin.
As guests entered the “outer world,” they passed through a
darkened corridor where blinking lights and “Twilight Zone”
music contributed to a weird atmosphere. The walls of the
auditorium proper were covered with murals featuring craters, rocket
launching pads and the like. Green lights glowed in the blue crepe
paper draped ceiling. Thick black plastic sealers around the
windows excluded outside light.
On stage the theme, “Outer Limits” in glitter letters was
silhouetted against black plastic-covered walls enhanced by
“satellites” suspended from the ceiling. “The
Intruders,” A New Port Richey Richey orchestra, played for
dancing. Band members stood in a crater-like pit to perform. Tables
were ornamented with rocket centerpieces, nose cone mint cups,
“outer space” napkins, and memory book-programs.
Highlighting the prom intermission time was the crowning of Thomas
Simard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Simard, as king and Barbara Hughes,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Hughes, as queen. In ceremonies at which
President Turner officiated.
Baccalaureate Sunday for 84 Seniors; Graduation June 5, Zephyrhills News, 1964
Baccalaureate services scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday at First Methodist
Church will climax a full week of activities for members of the 1964
Zephyrhills High School graduating class.
The Reverend Ralph C. Arbaugh, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church
of Lakeland, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon and has chosen,
“Behold the Dreamer Cometh” for his topic.
Assisting ministers will be the Reverend Henry L. Kinnard, Jr., pastor
who is scheduled to give the invocation and the Reverend Donald F.
Snyder, who is to give the benediction. Miss Linda Hayden will be
the organist and Miss Leslie Smith is general chairman. Graduation
exercises will be at 8 p.m. next Friday, June 5, in Municipal
Class Night Held
Highlighting weekday events for the 84-member graduating class, largest
in the history of Zephyrhills High School, was the annual class night
observance Tuesday evening in the auditorium. “That Was The
Year That Was” was theme of the program replete with nostalgic
back-tracking down memory lane which also included the traditional
singing of “Aloha” by members of the junior class and
“Halls of Ivy” by the soon-to-be graduates.
Coach Charles McKinney and Vo-Ag Instructor W.R. Jeffries who with
Athletic Director, John F. Clements are sponsors of the senior class,
supervised arrangements for the class night activities, which also
included a reading of the seniors’ last will and testament by
President Ray Bolt.
A long-anticipated phase of class night was the official dedication of
the 1964 Zephilsco, school yearbook by Mr. Jere Alston, business
manager, and the crowing of the yearbook royalty by Howard Kersey,
editor, following presentation of copies of the 1964 edition to
Zephilsco sponsors Mrs. George Swing and Mrs. Victor Hall and to
Principal Charles A. Henderson.
John Wintersteen was crowned king of the 1964 Zephilsco and Miss Cletia
Weaver was crowned queen. Parents of the new royalty are Mr. and
Mrs. John Wintersteen and Reverend and Mrs. R. N. Weaver.
Runners-up to the king and queen were Mike McGinnis and Miss Connie Praay.
Others in the competition, from among whose pictures comedian Red
Skelton selected the winners include Ray Bolt, Sam Surratt and Bob
Combs for King; and the Misses Peggy Horning, Gloria Pope and Nancy
Overhuls for queen.
Miss Kay Henry, 1965 Zephilsco editor, introduced members of her staff.
Honor Students To Be Guests At PTA Recognition Program, Zephyrhills News, May 21, 1964
Some 75 students will be honored at a dessert banquet and student
appreciation program at a Zephyrhills High School PTA meeting at 7:30
this Thursday in the school cafeteria.
In the group will be straight A students for the first semester
including Richard McLellan, Kathleen Shannon, Joan Thompson, Terry Lee
Alston, Alice Back, Marcia Deming, Charles Oswald, Joe Higginson,
Barbara Thompson, Noreen Krystofiak, Kaye Henry, Linda Hayden, Larry
Turner, David Myers, Caroline Houston and Sandra Owens.
Among students to be honored for having earned recognition themselves
and the school in several fields of endeavor are: Barbara Thompson and
Linda Hayden, high scorers in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying
Tests; Lillian Johnson, Future Homemakers of American state historian:
Gloria Kinnard, Doris Posey, Kaye Henry and Helen Chenkin, FHA students
who earned enough points to be delegates to the state convention;
Barbara Hughes, Caroline Houston and Diane Hudson, DCT state convention
delegates; Raymond Chancey, winner of the Future Farmers of America
district tractor driving competition; Dennis Hiott, Jack Vincent, Henry
Hill, Tommy Dodd, Jimmy Lindsay and David Hutchinson, winners of the
FFA District string band contest; Henry Hill and John Wintersteen, FFA
state farmer degrees.
David Myers and Larry Turner Chosen to Attend Boy’s State, Zephyrhills News, Thursday, May 14, 1964
The Zephyrhills High School juniors have been chosen to attend the 1964
session of Boy’s State sponsored annually by the American Legion
of Florida State University in Tallahassee.
David Myers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patterson Myers, 516 Stebbins St. and
Larry Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Turner, 204 17th Street will be
sponsored by the Legion Post and the Civitan Club, respectively at the
citizenship training course, July 5 through July 11 on the FSU campus.
Selection of young Myers was made by a committee headed by Legionnaire
Max Cook while Civitans with Delmar French as president chose Turner.
Both boys were highly recommended by school officials, who worked in
cooperation with the sponsoring groups.
Myers has been active in the overall class program and has
distinguished himself in scientific work. He currently serves as
chairman of the Student Council Scholarship Committee and will be
instrumental in selecting the recipients of two $100 scholarships the
Zephyrhills High School Student Council will award at commencement
time. He plans to become a doctor. Turner is president of the
junior class. He plays football, basketball and goes out for track. He
is also a member of the Zephyrhills High School Band and continually
plays a leading role in school and class activities, meantime
maintaining a high scholastic standing.
DCT Banquet Set Monday Evening at Plant City Ranch
The 8th annual DCT Employer-Employee banquet will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Monday at Branch’s Ranch according to Stanley Kendrick,
Diversified Cooperative Coordinator for Zephyrhills High School.
The presentation of certificates of appreciation to some 21 employers
participating in the program will be featured. Featured speaker will be
Bernard Y. Wickstrom, editor of the Zephyrhills News.
DCT students and their employers expected to attend include:
Lucky Arnold, A & P Store; Terry Bodiford, Marion Smith Florist;
Paul Carlsen, Thriftway Supermarket; Paulette Davis Adams, Fred Wells
Tile Company; John Fisher, Raymond’s Body Shop; Bob Frantz,
Thriftway Supermarket, Joe Geiger, Family Cleaners; Jim Gill, Lewer
Wholesale Feeds, Dennis Hiott, Hiott Dairy, Caroline Houston, Bank of
Zephyrhills; Diane Hudson, Scotty’s City Drug; Barbara Hughes,
Hardy’s Department Store; Mike Lane, Back Construction Company;
Joe Lewis, Grogan’s Upholstery.
Also, Paul Metivier, Family Cleaners; Sandra Owen, Crystal Pure Water;
Paul Pattie, PremaCure Lumber Company; Brenda Peiffer, Johnston’s
Insurance Company, Larry Weicht, Paul’s Richfield Station; Reuben
Wells, Thriftway; and Don Zundel, Family Cleaners.
Legion Hears Talks on Boys, Girls State by Alice Hall, Zephyrhills News, October 1, 1964
Applause rang through Legion Hall when Three Zephyrhills High School
seniors completed reports on their attendance at the American Legion
and Auxiliary-sponsored Boy's State and Girls State in Tallahassee this
Consensus was that Zephyrhills Post 118, the Civitan Club and the
Legion Auxiliary had chosen wisely as regards outstanding leadership
ability in sending David Myers, Larry Turner and Diana Clements to
Florida State University for week-long sessions of intensified training
in American citizenship.
Legionnaire Max Cook, Boys State chairman, presented Myers, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Patterson Myers, to the large assembly of Legionnaires,
auxiliary members and interested townspeople.
David was a resident of Kirkman City, Kelly County, in the mythical
state of Seminole, which was composed of eight counties and 17 cities,
and its population belonged to either the Federalist or Nationalist
parties. The Zephyrhillsan was a Nationalist and had Florida Highway
Patrolman Whitney Knutson as counselor.
Campaigning for political offices was vigorous from the time the 550
Boys Staters arrived on campus until after city, county, and state
elections were held, according to Myers, who was appointed to the
election board and also was supervisor of state elections.
He told of gaining insight into the organization of party caucuses,
political maneuverings, and the mechanics of government at the several
levels through active participation in the program. Myers elected to
attend the School of Law in preference to those on Legislative
procedure and Law Enforcement, had words of praise for the corps of
instructors and was impressed by Americanism speeches given by fellow
students from throughout.
Five Prizes Awarded ZHS Future Farmers, Zephyrhills News, May 7, 1964
Members of the Zephyrhills Chapter Future Farmers of America, brought additional honors to the school and community Friday by winning two first, two second and a third place ribbon in competition with other chapters of the area in the District FFA meet at Plant City.
Raymond Chauncey won top honors in a tractor driving contest, turning a
superb performance despite a downpour of rain. The Zephyr
Plowboys copped top honors in the string band division. Members are
Jack Vincent, Henry Hill, Dennis Hiott, Tommy Dodd, Jimmy Lindsey and
Jimmy Lindsey placed second in the harmonica playing competition.
John Wintersteen, Jed Wilkinson, Larry Turner, David Hutchinson, Ronnie
Carroll, and Jim Dungan, working together as a parliamentary procedure
team, placed second in the district competition.
Third place winners in the horseshoe pitching contest were John Tullis and Walter Achillich.
Vo-Ag instructor W.R. Jeffries, the team’s sponsor, told the News
the Zephyrhills Boys have now established eligibility to enter state
contests to be held June 9-12 at Daytona Beach.
School Daze by Jere Alston, Zephyrhills News, April 9, 1964
Junior Varsity Cheerleaders were chosen Monday afternoon after school.
They were picked on their ability to do quite a variety of jumps and
cheers. The most important points were coordination, voice,
appearance, personality and grades. They must have at least a C
average. Judges were Gertrude Braxton, Mr. C. A. Henderson, Mr. John
Clark, Mrs. Constance Kaylor, Mrs. Lillian Johnson and Mrs. Joan Witten.
The new cheerleaders are Rosemary Storer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Storer; Rene Geddes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Geddes;
Susie Overhuls, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Overhuls; Janette
Dunnigan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kustes; Melanie Massey,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Massey, Sharon Sabo, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Sabo. Alternates are Debbie McRaney, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Will McRaney, and Kathy Muse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arvil
Muse. The outcome of the varsity cheerleader try-outs will be
announced Monday or Tuesday.
Lillian Johnson, Helen Chenkin, and Gloria Kinnard will attend the
State FHA convention held in Clearwater on Tuesday. Lillian is running
for the office of State Historian. The girls will be accompanied
by Mrs. Robert Johnson.
Mr. Spoto treated our basketball “champs” to a steak dinner
Monday evening at the Branch’s Ranch, just outside of Plant City.
Henderson Resigns As Principals at ZHS, Zephyrhills News, August 6, 1964
Replacement Sought, Board Sees 7 Prospects
Charles A. Henderson, principal of Zephyrhills high School from 1956-57
and again since 1959 has resigned to accept the position of principal
of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School at the University of Florida in
Gainesville. The position was offered to Mr. Henderson while he
was at the university this summer doing advanced degrees work.
Who his replacement will be has not as yet been announced by the office
of County Superintendent of Schools Chester W. Taylor Jr. or Mrs.
Margaretta C. Witt, school board member from Zephyrhills.
At least seven applicants for the vacancy have been interviewed and an
announcement is expected momentarily; it is certain that final approval
of a new principal will be made no later than Tuesday, when the county
board next meets in regular session.
In announcing his decision to accept the P. K. Yonge offer, Principal Henderson told the News that: "My decision was reached only after long deliberation. I wish to make it clear that the offer was made to me, and that I was not seeking a change; however the financial advancement was considerable, and the challenges will be exciting, and although I had many goals as yet unrealized for Zephyrhills High School, I felt I must answer as opportunity knocks. My years and experience in Zephyrhills have been ones of deep pleasure and accomplishments, and I wish only the best for the school and all of my fellow teachers, associates in the community, former pupils, students and school patrons," he said.
Henderson, 37, first came to Zephyrhills in 1955 from Pasco High School in Dade City where he then was assistant principal.
Palmetto Assistant Principal Named to Head ZHS, Zephyrhills News, August 13, 1964
Ray Stewart, assistant principal for the past eight years at Palmetto
High School in Manatee County Tuesday afternoon was hired to be the new
principal of Zephyrhills High School. He succeeds Charles A. Henderson,
principal here from 1955 to 1957 and again since 1959, who resigned to
accept the position of principal of the P.K. Yonge Laboratory School at
the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Mr. Stewart's appointment was announced by Chester W. Taylor, Jr.
county superintendent of schools, and Mrs. Margaretta C. Witt, school
board member from Zephyrhills.
Stewart, 34, is a native of New Jersey who moved to Florida with his
parents when three years of age. His parents now reside in
He attended the public schools of Manatee County and was graduated from
Manatee County High School in 1948. He attended the University of
Tampa on a football scholarship—he was an all-star end in high
school—and was graduated with a bachelor of science degree in
education in 1952 from that institution. Since that time he
has attended summer school and last year earned his master's degree in
administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He has
been employed the past 12 years in the manatee County School system, by
which he was originally hired as a teacher-coach for a junior high
school. After three years there he went to Manatee County High School
at Bradenton as a coach and teacher of American history and in 1955 was
assigned to Palmetto High School, at Palmetto, a brand new high school.
Stewart watched Palmetto high grow and it was his third year there,
1958, that the school graduated its first senior class. In that year
too, the Palmetto football team went to the state tournament. The
following year the football team went undefeated and won the Tampa Bay
Conference crown, while the basketball team returned again to the state
tourney in Gainesville. (In both years, Coach Stewart's charges
were eliminated in first round games, however). From 1958 through 1963
Coach Stewart's football teams won 42 games, lost only 16 and were tied
Triple Play Thriller For Crowd , Zephyrhills News, June 11, 1964
A triple play, one of the sensations of baseball, was turned in Monday
night by the Zephyrhills Legion team as Dade City was defeated here by
a score of 7 to 4. It was only the second triple play veteran
Coach John Clements can recall ever having seen. The other was
made a few summers ago also in Legion ball.
The summer team was leading 7-2 in the first of the sixth inning and
pitcher Larry Chauncey was doing well, although Dade city had tallied
one run and the bases were loaded with nobody out. The batter hit
a sharp grounder through the mound, Shortstop Tom Porter moved behind
the mound to make a brilliant stop and a perfect throw to Jerry Laviano
at second to get the runner coming from first. Laviano then whipped the
ball to Larry Weicht at first to put out the batter. One run, the man
on third, had scored, but the third base coach motioned the runner from
second to try for home too, and Weicht nailed him at the plate with a
bullet throw to catcher Frank Overhulls.
Clements said occasionally a triple play will come about as a result of
some mental error by the batting team, but he pointed out the triple
play Monday night was a result of “heads up baseball all the
Athletic Letters Given 102 at High School Awards Ceremony, Zephyrhills News, June 4, 1964
Athletic Director John F. Clements, Coaches Will McRaney, Charles McKinney, W.S. Worthington and William Kustes, presented baseball, football, basketball, track and golf letters to 102 players at the annual Zephyrhills High School awards assemblies in the school auditorium Thursday.
Mrs. Jesse Kaylor made the presentation to 10 cheerleaders’ letters.
Varsity baseball letters presented by Coach Clements went to Allen
Carmon, Larry Chauncey, Joe Grogan, Frankie Jones, Frank Overhuls,
Nelson Spoto, Ronnie Carroll, Jimmie Dungan, Ronnie Hill, Dean
Martinson, Tom Porter and Jack Vincent.
Recipients of junior varsity baseball letters were Frank Patszalek,
Jimmy Chauncey, Tommy Harrelson, James Tucker, Jerry Laviano, Van Gray,
James Campbell, Claud English, Randy Sperry, Tommy Dodd, Cliff Cooper,
Rodney Price, Clyde Rowland, Herman Mason and John Tullis.
Coach McRaney presented varsity football letters to Mike McGinnis,
Larry Turner, Jack Vincent, Allen Carmon, Frankie Jones, Nelson Spoto,
Glenn Praay, Frank Overhuls, John Wintersteen, Lonnie Daughtery, Ronnie
Carroll, Ernest Sheppard, Gary Bracknell, Jimmy Daniels, Reggie Brown,
Sam Surratt, Ronnie Cherry, Ed Strube, Dennis Hiott, Ronnie Gross and
The Coach presented Jayvee football letters to Van Gray, Ryan Gray,
James Tucker, Jack Lane, Douglas Prowant, Nelson Peeples, Homer Quick,
Alan Murphy, Robert Bolton, Jimmy Chauncey, James Daughtery, Ricki
Howell, Ricki McGinnis, Frank Patszalek, Bob Nichols, Dexter Uterhardt,
Bill Swan, Roy Hutto, Steve McGinnis, and Jerry Laviano.
Basketball-Coach McKinney presented varsity basketball letters to Jack
Bentley, Ronnie Carroll, Mike McGinnis, Fletcher Padgett, Robert Price,
Larry Turner, Jimmie Dungan, Ray Bolt, Ronnie Cherry, Frank Overhuls,
Tom Porter, Nelson Spoto and Jed Wilkinson.
Recipients of Jayvee basketball letters were Jerry Laviano, Steve
McGinnis, Glenn Praay, Joe Grogan, Danny Linville, Bill Lyons, Mark
Higginson, Larry Chauncey and Ricki McGinnis
Track-Coach Worthingson presented track letters to Ronnie Carroll,
Frank Overhuls, Glen Praay, Nelson Spoto, Mike McGinnis, Tom Porter, Ed
Sorenson and Larry Turner.
Golf-Coach Kustes presented golf awards to Dickie Dibble, Mike McGinnis, Billy Lyons and Alan Murphy.-Cheerleaders
Silver Tea Set by FHA, Zephyrhills News, Thursday, April 2, 1964
Zephyrhills Chapter of the Future Homemakers of America will be the hostess group for a silver tea featuring table settings and flower arrangements from 3:30 until 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Municipal Auditorium. “Months of the Year” is the chosen theme for the event.
Prior to the formal opening, a panel of judges will evaluate the several tables with their appointments and floral decorations.
Class B Champions, Zephyrhills News, March 19, 1964
McGinnis, Spoto on All-State B Quintet
Mike McGinnis, Zephyrhills talented athlete, was a unanimous choice to the Class B All-State Tournament Team selected by the sportswriters covering the meet at Gainesville last weekend.
McGinnis, along with his teammate Nelson Spoto, was also named to the
team, helped the Bulldogs capture the Class B championship. It
was the second time in three years that Zephyrhills had won the B
title. Another unanimous choice was Ted Gottfield of Mount Dora
which Zephyrhills beat 32-29 in the finals. Ron Mikell, Mount Dora and
Marvin Lassiter, Malone, were also named to the 5-man Class B squad.
A Strong Finish-March 12, 1964
The ZHS “B” basketball team, losers of their first eight
games, came back to win 13 of their next 15 outings and compile a 13-10
season record. Coach Will McRaney pointed out that the team did
this despite the handicap of an outdoor court; and on only two days all
season was the full court made available to the reserve squad to
practice. In photo—left to right are Randy Hodges, Doug
Prowant, Terry Linville, Michael Cleary, Arthur Chadwell, Sandy Simons,
Charles Oswald, Raymond Hodges and Tommy Dodd. Regulars are in back,
left to right—Jerry Laviano, Danny Linville, Steve McGinnis,
Glenn Praay, Richard Classey, Joe Grogan, Bill Lyons, Mark Higginson,
Larry Chauncey and Rick McGinnis. Classey and Chauncey were the
team’s most consistent scorers. Grogan and Laviano led the
rebound department and Praay and Rick McGinnis were top ball handlers,
the coach said.
Varsity Team in TV Interview on WEDU (3) Tonight
Tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 the Zephyrhills Bulldogs will be featured in a TV interview over WEDU, Channel 3. The varsity state champs, accompanied by Coach Charles McKinney, Athletic Director, John R. Clements and County School Superintendent Chester W. Taylor Jr. traveled to Tampa Tuesday morning to tape the program. Accomplishments of the season were discussed, trophies displayed and a 12-minute discussion of physical education and its purposes included.
Following the filming Superintendent Taylor was host
for a victory dinner honoring the team at a Tampa cafeteria. The
interview will be seen on the program “Education In
Action,” which is sponsored by seven West Florida counties on a
Basketball—Everything to Ray Bolt, The Tampa Tribune, December 2005
Many thought ZHS Ray Bolt was the heart and soul of the last Zephyrhills High boys basketball Team to win a state title.
Dogs Close Season With Game At Dade City Saturday Night, Zephyrhills News, February 13, 1964
Then Saturday night the Orange and Black will close the
regularly-scheduled season with a rematch with Pasco High of Dade City
in the county seat’s National Guard Armory. Zephyrhills, defeated
only four times this y ear, won over the Pirates last year, 55 to 45.
Of the four losses, Coach McKinney’s crew have absorbed, two have
been to still undefeated Hernando—once by 53-48 and once by
57-55; one by Class AA Ocoee by 52-51 and to Class AA Plant City in the
season opener, 52-46.
The team on Monday will begin intensive workouts for the Tampa Bay Conference tournament, opening February 20 in Mulberry.
Past Week’s Action
During the past week the Bulldogs added more bones to their collection,
defeating St. Leo Friday, 80-42, Citrus of Inverness Saturday 77-41,
and Mulberry on Tuesday 79-68.
The team started slowly against St. Leo and trailed 16-15 at the end of
the first quarter, but roared back to outscore the visitors 25-14 in
the second quarter, 24-3 in the third period and 16-9 in the last
Mike McGinnis netted 31 points and Jed Wilkinson, leader in rebounds,
added 17. Tom Porter’s 10 and Ray Bolt’s 8 added luster to
The last quarter of the clash was played in the rain on the primitive outdoor ZHS slab. There was no B team game.
Citrus Game Runaway
The “Dogs played one of their finest first halves of the season at Inverness Saturday night and led 38-9 in intermission.