Do You Remember?
Happy Valley-Hampton 1974

By C.Y. Peters

   With winter around the corner, the smell of basketball is in the air.
   Where were you on March 6, 1974? In Afton at Chuckey-Doak High School, the number one team in the state, the Hampton Bulldogs, had just one the district title and were going up against the Happy Valley Warriors -- a team they had already beaten three times in the season.
   Playing for the Bulldogs was Randy Waycaster, who had just won the Most Valuable Player award in the district tournament. Hampton also had Randy Ingram, John Mathes, Randy Dunlap and Gary Leonard. Dunlap and Leonard made the district all-tournament team, and for Happy Valley Marty Street was named to the team.
   Happy Valley had players Jeff Sisk, Randy Curde and Phil Goulds on the team, and had already lost nine games on the year. The Bulldogs were 33-1 going into the game.
   Hampton was heavily favored in this game, holding a 21-game winning streak. Waycaster scored the game's first points, then Happy Valley coach Charlie Bayless worked the ball around for a good shot. In fact it took over four minutes before the Warriors put their two points on the board and tied the game on a basket by Curde.
   The Warriors jumped in front 6-2 on two quick baskets by Teddy McKeehan. Leonard scored with 55 seconds left in the first to pull the 'Dogs within two at the first stop.
   After three minutes in the second the score was 10-6 the Warriors. Leonard and Randy Dunlap scored buckets for the 'Dogs and gave them a 13-12 lead with 2:42 left before the half. Waycaster and Sisk traded baskets, then Phil Goulds scored with 30 seconds left to give the Warriors a 16-15 halftime lead.
   Hampton would lead most of the third quarter, by scores of 17-16, 19-18 and 21-20, with all its baskets coming from Randy Ingram. McKeehan gave the Warriors the lead 22-21 but then fouled Hampton's Dunlap and was ejected from the game. Dunlap sank both free throws and the Dogs led 23-22 at the end of three.
   Happy Valley pulled out to a three-point lead early in the fourth, with Goulds hitting two free throws. The 'Dogs closed the gap to one 26-25 before Happy Valley pulled out to the biggest lead in the game, 30-25, as Goulds and Sisk hit buckets.
   Waycaster cut the lead to three for the charity stripe with 1:54 left to play. The Warriors put the game on ice when Buff Walker hit a layup, Curde scored and two free throws by Marty Street gave Happy Valley a 37-30 advantage.
   The Warriors went on to win, 40-30. Street had to sit out the third quarter because of foul trouble, and McKeehan was ejected and sat out the fourth.
   McKeehan still lead the Warriors with 10, while Waycaster had 10 for the 'Dogs.
   Charlie Bayless, coach of the Warriors, said after the game: "I thought our defense played outstanding and was the turning point of the game. They gave me a 100 percent effort and everyone came through."
   Hampton coach Jerry White stated: "We didn't play well and they did."
   Coach White added after the game: "I hope Happy Valley goes all the way." And the rest is history.