Yes, I’m eating crow this week. Lots of it. First, because I left out the name of William Floyd Deiwert Jr. who played on a winning teams for the Clarksburg Knights. I remember seeing his name and remembering columns about his experience in Korea. Don’t know why I didn’t include it.
Second, thinking that Jerry Lee and Howard Wilkison were wrong when they said Clarksburg Knights were changed to Raiders when Sandusky and Clarksburg combined. I just KNEW they had to be wrong because the schools consolidated in 1968. Turns out that Sandusky and Clarksburg did combine in 1963.
Thanks to Jerry and Howard, Kathleen Hoeing, Helen Jean Bokleman, Don Mauer, Carolyn and Art Cleland and George Morgan I finally understand what happened. Helen Jean taught at Clarksburg, New Point and Sandusky. She said in 1963 Clarksburg and Sandusky combined. Sandusky having grades one through six and Clarksburg grades seven through twelve.
Kathleen Hoeing talked with Don Mauer, the player who beat Howard Wilkison’s record by 10 points, and he said about the same thing as Helen Jean. Some thought that both schools kept their grade schools while others thought each school kept their grades 1-6. Since it was the high school I was writing about I didn’t pursue that.
George Morgan said when Sandusky and Clarksburg combined in1963-1964 they needed another name. “The school even changed names that year. It was no longer Clarksburg High School, it was now Clarksburg Consolidated Schools. I was in the eighth grade that year, and meeting the new people from the other school was nice. Four years later North Decatur started. And students from New Point and St. Paul joined us. Ours was the first class to graduate from North Decatur. I had really wanted to graduate from Clarksburg like Dad and his brothers, my Mom and her sister.”