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State basketball tournament at Memorial Coliseum, 1956

Posted on January 19, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
Memorial Coliseum in Lexington March 17, 1956 as Henderson beat Bell County 78-63 in the Kentucky State High School Basketball Tournament semi-final game. Henderson went on to play in the championship game, losing to Carr Creek 72-68. The 1956 tournament often is regarded as the most memorable thanks to an abundance of last-second heroics, a collection of schools with exceptional basketball pedigrees and the record-setting dominance of Wayland’s “King” Kelly Coleman, a player as mythical in the moment as he is today. Click here to read an oral history of that tournament curated from new and existing interviews. And clcik here to read other stories in our series, The Sweetest Century, highlighting memorable moments from the state tournament’s 100 year history. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

Memorial Coliseum in Lexington on March 17, 1956, when Carr Creek beat Wayland, 68-66, in a semifinal game at the Kentucky State High School Basketball Tournament. Henderson won the other semifinal, 78-63,  advancing to the championship game and losing to Carr Creek, 72-68. The 1956 tournament often is regarded as the most memorable thanks to an abundance of last-second heroics, a collection of schools with exceptional basketball pedigrees, and the record-setting dominance of Wayland’s “King” Kelly Coleman, a player as mythical in the moment as he is today. Click here to read an oral history of that tournament, curated from new and existing interviews. And click here to read other stories in our series, “The Sweetest Century,” highlighting memorable moments from the state tournament’s 100-year history. Many of the seats shown here were removed during a 1990 renovation for what is today called the Joe Craft Center, housing offices for men’s and women’s basketball and athletic administrators. Click on the image for a closer look and note that the benches are on the baseline. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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