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The Kingsport Times

THE KINGSPORT TIMES. KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE. SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 1940

Gate City Blue Devils Winner Over Kingsport 2-0 In Forfeit Game

Sprankle Withdraws Team from Game in Final
Period Following Brawl; Devils Ahead 29-16

(Special to The Times)

GATE CITY, Jan. 20óGate City's Blue Devils won a basketball game here tonight 2-0 when Coach Leroy Sprankle withdrew the Kingsport high school quintet from the in the fourth quarter and refused to continue with the game. Gate City was leading the Indians 29-16 at the time.

     Sprankle's action followed an exchange of blows between Hoyt Pendleton, Gate City forward and Lonzo Barrett, Kingsport forward, for possesson of the ball near the Gate City basket. Immediately about 7S fans rushed onto the floor. When order had been restored it was announced that the Kingsport team had been withdrawn from the game.

     Several Kingsport players and Gate City fans received bruises and minor laceration in the mix-up that occurred on the floor before the less-excitable fans could get tempers cooled down. However, no injuries approaching the serious stages were reported and no fights were reported afterward.

     The game was a rough and tumble affair from the beginning, both of the red hot rivals committing frequent fouls. One man off each team had been lost by the foul route when the game ended. Cifers of the Kingsport team and Warren of the Gate City quintet.

     The Blue Devils held the advantage through the game, leading 9-6 at the first quarter, 20-9 at the half and 27-13 at the third quarter. Jim Pendleton and Moody starred for the Blue Devils in both scoring and backboard play. Tommy Peters and Barrett led for Kingsport.

     Kingsport won the first game played between the two schools by a two point margin. The victory for the Blue Devils was the first for a Shoemaker quint over a Kingsport team since 1932.

     The Blue Devils are scheduled to open Class B Virginia competition Thursday night with Virginia High of Bristol at Bristol and have a tentative game with Flat Gap, highly rated Wise County team, Saturday night at Shoemaker gymnasium.

 

 

The Kingsport Times

THE KINGSPORT TIMES, KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE,
MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 1940

GATE CITY OPENS CLASS B SCHEDULE

Scott County, Va., Quint to Face Bristol Five In Opener Tomorrow

GATE CITY, Jan: 22. (Spl) -  Gate City's Blue Devils, conference champions; last year and quarterfinalists in the western district tournament, will open their Class B Virginia schedule tomorrow night when they are scheduled to meet Virginia High of Bristol at Bristol.

Veteran Lineup

     The Devils, with a veteran lineup back this year, again present a threat for the conference title that few schools of this area are expected to be able to challenge. Only one high school quintet, the Kingsport Indians, has been able to better the Shoemaker five this season and the Devils were leading them by several points in the final quarter here Saturday night when a free-for-all featuring fans and players broke out, with Kingsport withdrawing from the floor and acceding to a 2-0 forfeit.

     Joe Moody, whose long-range field goals have featured the Devils  play since the Christmas holidays, is being counted on to lead the Shoemaker attack again tomorrow night with Hoyt Pendleton and Jeep Quillen taking the starting assignments at forward; rangy Jim Pendleton, one of Southwest Virginia's leading scorers last year, at center; and Warren with Moody at guard.

 

     Incidents such as that which marked the Gate City-Kingsport game Saturday are always to be regretted. Neither school, even if it wanted to, could take any pride in the outcome of a basketball game which ended as that one did, a basketball game between two excellent teams that should have one of the most interesting shows of hardwood skill in this area this season. Instead the game appeared to be a cross between a football contest and a Golden Gloves battle royal.

     Ernest Wolfe, principal of the Shoemaker high school, expressed the attitude of officials of both schools after the game Saturday when he remarked: "I regret this more than I can say. I wouldn't have had it happen for anything." Members of the Gate City and Kingsport communities have been mingling with each other for years. They are neighbors and friends and, in the eyes of the surrounding area, almost one city. There is no reason why their sons can't get together for a game of basketball without an ensuing riot.

     Both boys and fans are apt to forget, in the heat of a game, that it is, after all, is just a game, with the only object that a display of skill.  Fans have no reason to expect a slugging match or a football contest when they pay admission to a basketball game.

     Whether athletic relations can be patched up after the affair Saturday involving the two schools could not be said, but this writer sincerely hopes that a lot of new resolutions as well as a contract is drawn up when the time comes to plan basketball schedules for 1940-41. There is no reason why basketball fans of the two communities cannot have the pleasure of seeing the two schools participate in fast, clean games without inciting the affair into a riot. Both Kingsport and Gate City have top-notch teams, and it would be a black mark against the fans of this area if school officials were to decide that feeling is too high for further athletic relations. After all, a basketball game is no excuse for a state of war between two communities.

     There has probably been said since Saturday night a lot that would be better forgotten.  Letís hope that it has.

 

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