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hollyfield reb

Jonesborough, TN

#1 Oct 28, 2010
can someone tell me the mascot name the school used before it changed to cavaliers and what year the 8th grade started at holston.
DamascusIndians

Johnson City, TN

#2 Oct 29, 2010
hollyfield reb wrote:
can someone tell me the mascot name the school used before it changed to cavaliers and what year the 8th grade started at holston.
Can remember some of it, Damascus Indians and the colors were Maroon and Gray, but the year of change, can't remember. I was away at the time. That old Rock Pile holds a lot of good memories, good teachers, good friends.
william

Johnson City, TN

#3 Oct 29, 2010
Summer-Fall of 1965, first class to spend all their high school years at HHS. This school building was started in early 1964 and first occupied in 1965. Consolidated old Damascus High and Liberty Hall HS along with previous Bethel students.
Old Damascus High had a pretty good academic record, along with a good athletic history.
Old Indian

Johnson City, TN

#4 Oct 31, 2010
I played on the last football team at Damascus. We were 4-4-2. This was the year after the great team which featured Tommy Francisco. Emory Hill was the Coach. He was definitely tough, but very fair. I believe I am correct in saying we were the smallest school in the State of Virginia playing football. The field ran from left to right field, with temporary bleachers being erected each year on both sides. Holston opened in the fall of 1964.
Zerkes

Johnson City, TN

#5 Nov 1, 2010
Yes Damascus High was the smallest school in VA football. Francisco held all the rushing and TD records until Baker ( Gate City) and Clark ( Appalachia ) came along. Francisco was very fast until he injured a knee in a game against Mountain City. Bob Anderson was the best back ever at Damascus but turned down a scholarship to Tennessee. Francisco one ran a 9.5 hundred yard dash in " Chucks " and on a cinder track!

Francisco wasn't fast enough to out run the police when he robbed a bank in Blacksburg, VA in the early '80s. He also weighed almost 300 lbs at that time. Hill wasn't much of a coach in any sport, simply out of his league in football and baseball!
22righton1

United States

#6 Nov 2, 2010
I dont understand why you would post your last paragraph, Zerkes. Tom's athletic ability at DHS is of legend around here. I know of no number ever to be retired at DHS except Tom's number 22. Coach Hill always had good baseball and football teams, whats up with you any way?
hollyfield reb

Jonesborough, TN

#7 Nov 3, 2010
i agree,lets not go negetive.we need more of what were doing. remembering old friends in the good ol'days.there gone.we only have each other memory to also rely on.
Old Indian

Johnson City, TN

#8 Nov 3, 2010
Smallest school in State playing football. Consistent winning records against tough competition. = Poor coaching. Doesn't compute. Swipe at Tommy was unnecessary. Agree that Bob Anderson was a heck of a player.
Zerkes

Johnson City, TN

#9 Nov 3, 2010
Damascus had good to great football players and slightly above average records=poor coaching. Emory Hill was never looked on by anyone as an excellent coach. He was a good educator, teacher, not a good coach. What I said about Francisco is a matter of public record, not a swipe, just the truth. Yes Anderson was the better football player. Cruickshank was the knowledgeable coach.
Zerkes

Johnson City, TN

#10 Nov 3, 2010
Oh I forgot to say that the 300 lb weight was a left over from his draft dodging days. He robbed a bank when his mother was VP of one in Damascus, to get under the eye of the Feds and gain some degree of protection from the drug dealers he had been selling drugs , cocaine, for.

Swipe at Tommy was unneccessary? When he was at Damascus the only people who disliked him more than other teams, were his own teammates.

His Dad and Granddad took the "easy" way out, be careful.
Homer

Jonesborough, TN

#11 Nov 3, 2010
Zerkes wrote:
Oh I forgot to say that the 300 lb weight was a left over from his draft dodging days. He robbed a bank when his mother was VP of one in Damascus, to get under the eye of the Feds and gain some degree of protection from the drug dealers he had been selling drugs , cocaine, for.
Swipe at Tommy was unneccessary? When he was at Damascus the only people who disliked him more than other teams, were his own teammates.
His Dad and Granddad took the "easy" way out, be careful.
Make your complaints at your next family reunion. Not necessary here. Makes you look childish and sounds like Francisco stole your bicycle and you are still mad.
Zerkes

Johnson City, TN

#12 Nov 3, 2010
Homer, can't say that without laughing, he did steal something, he robbed a BANK! Not mad, justnot a revisionist!
Old Indian

Johnson City, TN

#13 Nov 3, 2010
This could have been a really nice thread. Remembering some of the good players Damascus was fortunate enough to have had. Shame it turned into what it has. Need to just cut it off.
larryT

Johnson City, TN

#14 Nov 3, 2010
How about the Cheek guy who played quarterback?
22righton1

United States

#15 Nov 3, 2010
I remember Mike and John, they drove a old brown car up the mountain every day after practice. I also remember driving those old woodie station wagons in the parking lot until someone screwed a good thing up.
Old Indian

Johnson City, TN

#16 Nov 3, 2010
Maybe this can be civil. Some of the players I can remember or have heard were good: Pot Jones, Doug Chambers, David Moore, Bill and Eddie Evans, Bill Morgan,John and Mike Cheek,Hayes Moore, Bob Buchanan, Tony Fritz. Comments on these or others?
larryT

Johnson City, TN

#17 Nov 4, 2010
These guys were all decent athletes, some were star sprinkled, like Francisco. He was a great four sport athlete, football, basketball, track and baseball. Some of the others were Frosty Sweet, Tommy Mongle, Ratcliff, the Barker brothers, and Jack Henderson. I remember one play where Francisco fumbled, was on the ground, got up and ran down the play from 20 yards behind saving a score. On the next series the opponent punted and Francisco returned the punt 70+ yards for a TD.
He and Cheek used to hit some long home runs toward the dye plant and on the hill across the street. So sorry to hear about his troubles outside sports!
The longest home runs ever hit at Damascus were by Billy Pruitt. In 1950 he led the Legion team to the State championship game in Richmond against Richmond Post 1. Damascus lost but played well. Richmond drew from a population of around 1 million, Damascus was about 1,000, Richmond was 1,000 times larger than Damascus. Quite a "David and Goliath" story. Pruitt was offered a contract as a 15 year old to go to Vero Beach and be the back-up catcher to Roy Capanella the next spring, a ticket straight to a great major league team. He decided not to go. Billy was all of 5'7" , 140 lbs at 15. He hit a home run which landed on the hill just flanking the old Tomlinson house. It was measured at 530 feet. What a blast! Billy Morgan was a pitcher on that team. Sammy Woolwine played shortstop and centerfield. Pruitt threw so hard he would knock guys down trying to catch his throws. He threw a " dead ball".

Little known fact about Francisco is he was recruited by Bear Bryant at Alabama. Bryant had seen Francisco play at Damascus, wearing number 22 in white. His scout had seen Francisco play at Chilhowie in maroon wearing number 35. They thought they had seen two different players, liking number 35 better. What caused Bryant not to land Francisco was that Bryant, seeing Franciscos' picture, thought that Tommy might be mixed, and stated , " we're not ready for that at Alabama". Francisco was hidden out on the lake, South Holston, by his father who wanted him to go to VPI, VA Tech today. He was also recruited by Kentucky, where Bear Bryant had left, and Jerry Claiborne, VA Techs coach, had just left Kentucky. Big Ten teams and Notre Dame also recruited Francisco, along with West coast powers USC and UCLA.

The best football player out of Damascus was Bob Anderson, a powerfully built gentleman, with a quiet demeanor, much like his father Warren. Bob turned down a "full ride" scholarship to Tennessee.

What a sports legacy for such a small school with 12 grades in a tiny building. Too bad this legacy didn't carry forward to the school when it moved to Holston.

Other folks, unmentioned here, have gone on to National and International prominence in the sporting world.
22righton1

United States

#18 Nov 4, 2010
Have any of you ever stood in the batters box facing Maurice Parris? He was the work horse for his team.
Red Hill

Johnson City, TN

#19 Nov 4, 2010
There's a photo of a baseball team standing in front of the Rock School on the Damascus website. The date says around 1927.
http://www.damascus.org/oldphotos.html
Red Hill

Johnson City, TN

#20 Nov 4, 2010
Check this old Damascus baseball photo that I found on the town's website. Scroll down the page.
http://www.damascus.org/smith4.html

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