Monday, March 09, 2009

75 years ago -- Basketball and Woodbury High School History

The fun part about a school with as much history as Woodbury is that sometimes the past will intermingle with the present in ways that make things interesting.

The boys basketball team will play tomorrow night in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group I Sectional Finals. The game is schedule for 7 p.m. at Kingsway Regional High School and the team plays Salem.

If you look at the banners in the Cap Paine Gymnasium, you will see that the only time Woodbury has won a South Jersey Group I championship in boys basketball was 1934 -- seventy-five years ago. Back then, there was no Cap Paine gymnasium; they were playing games in the "old" (blue) cafeteria. The wall between the cafeteria and the auditorium folded open and revealed bleachers for spectators to watch the action.

And -- this is where history overlaps with the present. I met a gentleman at the Woodbury vs. Salem game on February 14th of this year; he was attending with a friend. They travel all over South Jersey watching sporting events of all kinds. During the basketball season, these two watch a lot of high school basketball. As it turns out, this man was a Woodbury High School graduate -- Class of 1933! Mr. Claude Kennard remembers the 1934 team, and he will be there tomorrow night at Kingsway to cheer on the 2009 team.

Now -- that's exciting.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Claude Kennard is a fine example of what makes Woodury so special and a personalized community and school. We are rich in tradition and spirit!

Anonymous said...

That is a great story!! GO HERD!!