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Today in (Basketball with) Rip Payne

14 Mar
by Emma Earnst

Fun fact:  To date, we have not accessioned any Rip Payne images coming from March 14th!

Sooo, I’m going topical on you today.

Today, we are going to travel back with Rip Payne to his coverage of the Lane High School vs. Washington-Lee High School basketball game in 1945.  Lane High School, as you may know, was the exclusively white school in Charlottesville (J.P. Burley being the African American high school), until court-ordered integration in 1959.  The school eventually became too small to accommodate a growing student body, and in 1974, was replaced by Charlottesville High School.  In 1981, the building became the home for the Albemarle County Offices, and it has retained since retained that purpose.

Lane High School, from what I can gather, was not particularly well-known for their basketball team.  This undated Rip Payne photo may shed some light on the situation:

Lane High School Rockhill Academy Basketball Team, undated (see comments section, below)

Now, to his credit, I would not want to enter a brawl with number 44… or the coach, for that matter.  And I’m sure with my skills, they would all beat me in a game of Horse (DAWG?!?).  Nonetheless, the day Rip Payne showed up in 1945 (judging by clothing, much earlier than this team photo), things weren’t looking much better.  There appears to be a fair amount of slapping and body flailing, and just general messiness.  I will say, that judging from these photos alone, Lane looks better than Washington-Lee…  Check it out for yourself!


Today in (Basketball with) Rip Payne

13 Mar

In the spirit of March Madness, I am throwing a wrench in our “Today in Rip Payne” series, and shifting ever-so-slightly to “Basketball with Rip Payne.”  Each post will feature a great local basketball shot (photo or athletic move–which kind of shot? I don’t know! Maybe both!?!) from Rip Payne’s career.

Today’s images are from both this date and yester-date (March 12-13), 1971.

In the first “shot,” from March 12, Wendell Crockett, lucky #23 on the Thomas Walker High School Basketball Team, sets to take a shot during the ’71 Group A semi-finals, played at University Hall.  Fort Criswell’s Steve Jacobs (#52) and Mark Lampkins (#20) attempt to block his shot.

So, did he make it, you ask?!

Well, I’ve got no idea– I wasn’t there for Pete’s sake!  But I do know that Thomas Walker ended the game on top, with a 53-44 victory.  The following day (as in, today, 1971), the team played in the Group A Finals.  Once again, Rip was standing nearby to capture Crockett (#23) as he is about to deploy a shot.  And once again, I don’t know if he made it.  Judging by the coverage of Luray defender Bobby Brown (#52), however, I feel confident saying I doubt he made it.  Thomas Walker lost the game, and the championship, to Luray, 49-62.