As Sam Sees It
Last week’s column and one of my stories contained embarrassing errors. They gave wrong dates for the meeting former Arizona Cardinal Anthony Edwards will speak at in Winslow. Edwards will speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the First Baptist Church. He will challenge the Christian men of Winslow with the topic, “Are you the man God wants you to be?” I regret any confusion or inconvenience the mistakes may have caused. Join me on Saturday in hearing Edwards present his challenge.
Several of my columns and a story or two have talked about the honors to be given to Winslow High School 1979 State Championship Teams at the Arizona State 3A Conference Finals on Feb. 28 at America West Arena. WHS basketball great Isaac Bonds will also be honored on the 40th anniversary of his setting of the individual high school scoring record that still stands today. That award will be presented between the boys’ and girls’ championship games.
Bonds, his lovely wife Yvonne and their children have been friends of mine for many years and Winslow is truly blessed to have such families in the community. Members of the Winslow High School teams of which Bonds was a member are planning to make Feb. 28 a very special and memorable event.
Johnny Hysong, the point guard on this fine team and an excellent passer, called me recently to let me know that many of the 1962-64 Bulldogs teams were planning to get together at a location within walking distance of the arena and share memories of their past glory. Bert Greer, who coached the team in 1962, plans to attend. Players will be coming from all over the United States to honor Bonds and see old teammates.
Unfortunately, Coach Jim Freeman will be among the missing. Freeman passed away late last year. Still, there will be plenty of old friends to see and plenty of memories to recall.
Bonds was a freshman in high school the year I came to Winslow. He was a fine all around athlete and led the Bulldogs to within an eyelash of the state championship. Winslow lost to Globe in the final game of the 1964 tournament.
Two memories really stand out in my mind from the Bonds’ years. First was the rivalry with the Phoenix Indian School Braves. In my opinion, Coach Joe Famulette was in a class by himself. He took undersized squads and molded them into scoring machines that every team in the state feared. The Braves were the first high school team I saw score 100 points and they did it on numerous occasions. Their brand of basketball and their enthusiasm were worth many times the price of admission. Hopefully, Famulette, who is not in the best of health, will be able to attend. So, he too, deserves honor, even if it has to come as a spontaneous ovation from fans who recognize his greatness.
The other memory is of the duels between Bonds and Flagstaff High School’s Jim Dugan. Dugan was a phenomenal athlete. He excelled in football, basketball and baseball and, frankly, anything else he chose to try. He was correctly ranked among the 50 best athletes this state has produced. He and Bonds were usually near the 50 point range when they met on the basketball court. It would also be an exceptionally nice touch if Jim Dugan would put in an appearance on Ike’s special night.