The headlines read: “Jackson County sweeps State Honors,” “Takes Class C Titles,” “Stewart MVP,” “Adrian Falls in Finals, 66-62,” and “Three Panthers All Tournament” – to describe a team of local high school basketball players who dominated on the court. It will be 50 years since the 1964 Jackson County boy’s basketball took the state championship title and town leaders are planning a reception on Thursday, March 20, from 6-7 p.m., to honor the team — and the community it belonged to — at the old Braselton High School (now West Jackson Primary School).
The reception is honoring the team, but it is also an opportunity for anyone with a connection to Braselton High School or Jackson County High School to take a walk down memory lane.
“Although we’re honoring that team, this is just an opportunity for people to reconnect,” Braselton downtown director Amy Pinnell said.
On March 11, 1964, The Jackson Herald published the story by sports reporter Phil Jackson:
“Jackson County Panthers not only won the state class C basketball championship at Columbus Municipal Association Saturday night, they also walked away with the most of the individual honors.
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