Looking Back is a column that highlights articles from local newspaper archives that have been published over the past few years.
A note in the Friday, November 4 edition of The Granbury News refers to the “largest crowd to ever attend a football game in Granbury”, which was “present in the park” the previous Friday afternoon” to watch the game between the Granbury Hi (spelled without the gh at the end) and Grubbs College teams.The story added: “It had been advertised as a game with Polytechnic Hi; but that club backed down so l Grubbs’ team was secured. Unfortunately for Granbury fans, the final score was 12-7 “in favor of the visitors”. He noted that Granbury’s efforts were impacted when two of the “best players” in the game he team – Harley Cherry and Howard Sargent – had to leave the game due to injuries.
The November 17, 1938 edition of the Hood County Tablet reported that the “FFA Basketball Tournament” was to be held in Weatherford on December 17. “The chapters participating in this tournament will be Granbury, Weatherford, Santo, Lipan, Springtown and Millsap,” he said, adding that there would be divisions for the “Peewee” teams and the “big boys” teams. .
A writ in the November 22, 1945, edition of the Hood County News-Tablet announced that the Granbury Pirates ranked “third in the conference at the end of the 1945 football season. Iredell was in first place; Cranfills Gap in second; Granbury in third and Tolar in fourth place.
The first games of the 1957-58 basketball season for the girls’ and boys’ teams at Granbury High School were reported in the November 28, 1957 edition of the Hood County News-Tablet. The Lady Pirates opener was played in time to meet the deadline, having beaten Fort Worth Brewer at home at Granbury’s Decker Gym, 65-49. Nella Guantt and teammate Rozelle Philley were the GHS’ top scorers with impressive totals of 29 and 27 points, respectively – for 56 of the team’s 65 total points. The score for the Varsity Boys game, against Castleberry, was not available at press time.
A report on the Lipan High School basketball game in the November 6, 1958 version of the Hood County News-Tablet said the boys’ and girls’ teams defeated Brock the previous Tuesday. For the Lipan Lady Indians, Janis Smith scored 16 of Lipan’s 31 points in a slim 31-30 triumph. The LHS Boys won by a wider margin, 48-31, with teammates James Collins and David Addison providing 11 points apiece to lead the Indians.
Granbury High School’s varsity girls’ basketball team won by an impressive 33-point margin over Santo to improve to 3-0 that season, which was reported in the November 28, 1963 edition of Hood County News-Tablet. “Coach Shirley Hayworth A’s Pirate Girls Basketball Team completely outplayed the Santo Girls and won easily, 50-17. Most of the match was played by the second team. Linda Marrs led the Granbury girls with 19 points, followed by Mildred Head with 9 points, Michelle Gregory 8, Marsha Groeschel 6, Dixie Mabery 5 and Georgalu Price 2.
The November 25, 1989, edition of the Hood County News reported that the All-District 7-4A volleyball team had been released and GHS senior Wendy Kelley had been honored as player of the year. during the vote of the league coaches. Two other GHS starting players – senior Jaynette Wilson and junior Heather Carmichael – have been named to the All Districts First Team. Her teammate Tiffani Oltmanns received an honorable mention for all districts. GHS head coach Fran Dunson shared Coach of the Year honors with Brownwood’s Judy Kennedy.