The 1978 state championship basketball game between Holmes High School and Shelby County is still one of the most talked about basketball games in the commonwealth of Kentucky - mostly because of a non-goaltending call that took place late in the game. A picture that ran in newspapers throughout the state clearly shows the Shelby County player’s arm extended through the basketball’s rim, his hand rejecting the ball. It was goaltending, but the refs did not call it.
The Bulldogs eventually lost the game 68-66. That was 40 years ago. To many, it seems like it was yesterday. The team was honored on Wednesday night at halftime of the Holmes vs. Campbell County game as it was Holmes’ first state runner-up. We are still proud of them. In our hearts, this team is the 1978 state champs.
The team was full of talented players. That year, Doug Schlomer was named Mr. Basketball. Two members from the 1978 team passed away – Elliott Simpson and Nate Flanigan.
Other members of the team are Terry McKinley, Dicky Beal, Maurice Green, Tony Malik, Dave Derkson, Al Watts, Mark Moeves, Todd Riley, and John Wimzie.
The team was coached by the legendary Reynolds Flynn, Ken Spurlock, George Johns, and Tom Haney.