Celeste High School Host
Celeste, January 14, 1930--Celeste has been named
as the site for the Texas AAU high school girls' basketball championship,
which will be held March 13, 14, and 15, according to announcement by AAU
officials. This is the first time the state tournament has ever been
slated for North Texas.
Greenville will probably be the scene of some of
the games, officials have announced as in case of necessity; The Fair Park
Gymnasium at that city will be available for use. Greenville is only
twelve miles from Celeste and the two cities are connected by a paved highway,
making it convenient for tournament purposes. The following businessmen
of Celeste will have charge of the tournament: Albert Norris, R.
L. Lane, Biff Connelly, Marvin Todd, and R. L. Jones. Celeste is
making great preparations for the meet and expect to stage the largest
in Texas AAU history.
In granting the 1930 tournament, AAU officials were
not unmindful of the splendid record of the Celeste High in AAU meets.
This little city has had a representative in AAU tournaments since the
very beginning of AAU activities in Texas. The Celeste team was always
a contender for high honors. For several years, Celeste played in
open AAU tournaments and rated on a par with college and independent teams.
Celeste is offering all inducement ever offered
by other cities, which have held tournaments. Rooms will be furnished
to all participants and all gate receipts, less actual expenses, will be
refunded to teams that do not reside near enough to Celeste to play their
games and return home. Special arrangement are being made to feed
the visitors at very moderate prices.
Celeste has a gymnasium that will accommodate 1,200
people. The seating capacity is being enlarged by removing two dressing
rooms and making arrangements for dressing quarters in a nearby building.
Teams desiring further information should communicate
with J. Garland Roach of Celeste, Texas, or with the secretary of Texas
AAU, 03 City Hall, Dallas, Texas.
(January 16, 1930, The Greenville
(Theda Lacy does not remember ever having to use Fair Park Gymnasium...but
in 1930, she was fairly young...)
Celeste Girls Fighting for Basketball
(March 13, 1930, The Greenville Messenger)
Thirty-one girls teams were at Celeste Wednesday,
fighting for the honors in basketball.
The tournament this year has the prospect of being
the largest female basketball meet ever attempted in Texas. Of the
thirty-one entries eight are from far points in West Texas, including Rankin,
Cisco, Breckenridge, Throckmorton, Mingus, Dublin, Dalhart, and Cleveland.
With such a large field, fast competition is practically
assured after the first round.
Athens, Cisco, Celeste, and Seagoville were predicted
as likely to reach the semi-finals unless a dark horse should come through,
from a possible list including Frankell, Mesquite, Dublin, Breckenridge,
Dalhart, Mingus, Leesburg, Dimmitt, and Throckmorton.
One of the favorite teams for the meet is the Athens
High School sextet, winner of the North Texas and East Texas titles.
The first round competition schedule follows:
At Greenville: Breckenridge vs. Cleveland, Seagoville vs. Selden; Throckmorton vs. Eliasville; Emory vs. Cooper; Dalhart
vs. Caddo Mills; Athens vs. Hickory Creek; Vickery vs. Cisco.
At Celeste: Sherman vs. South Bosque; Cross Roads vs. Pike; Mesquite vs. Tehuacana; Frankell vs. Blue Ridge; Dublin
vs. Rankin; Mingus vs. Plano; Leesburg vs. Bailey; Celeste vs. Floyd.
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