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Noontime’s Black History Month: The 1966 Texas Western Miners

By Matt Noonan

The Texas Western Miners celebrate a 1966 NCAA Championship victory. (PHOTO COURTESY: University of Texas at El Paso Flowsheet student yearbook/blackpast.org)

Our Black History Month celebration on the men and women that have and continue to shape the world of sports returns – we’ll be posting a few times each week, including this evening where we are honoring the Texas Western Miners men’s basketball team, which captured 1966 NCAA D-I Championship.

The Miners were a team many of us learned about in the 2006 movie Glory Road – coach Don Haskins started five African American players, who led the squad to an exciting (and very impressive!) 72-65 victory over the University of Kentucky.

The Wildcats entered the final contest of the 1965-66 school year as the favorite.

Let’s learn a bit more about the Miners, who represented Texas Western College, which is now the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Getting to know the Texas Western Miners:

  • Coached by Don Haskins, who was inducted into both the Basketball Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame, led the Miners to their first and only championship with an upset win over Kentucky.

    Texas Western started five African American players against a Kentucky program that did not integrate until the 1970-71 season. Tom Payne became the first African American to compete for coach Adolph Rupp. Payne would play just one season for the Blue and White before turning pro one year later where he spent one season with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Prior to their 1966 NCAA Championship, the Miners made back-to-back appearances in the national postseason in 1963 and 1964. In 1964, they advanced to the the Sweet Sixteen, but lost to Kansas State. They did win, however, the Regional third place game against Creighton.
  • The Miners posted a 28-1 record during the 1965-66 season. Their only loss occurred at the end of the regular season against Seattle.

    Following their end of season setback to the Red Hawks, Texas Western rattled off five-straight wins, including a pair of overtime victories against Cincinnati and Kansas. Their win over the Jayhawks – an 81-80 victory in double-overtime – secured Texas Western a spot in the national semifinals against Utah.
  • The 1965-66 Texas Western Miners squad featured seven African American student-athletes: Bobby Joe Hill, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley, Willie Cager, Nevil Shed, Harry Flournoy, and David Lattin.
  • As many historians and sports writers noted, the Texas Western victory over Kentucky opened the door for even more African American student-athletes to play sports at the collegiate level, not just basketball, but also football, track, baseball, and others, according to Dan Wetzel.

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Noontime’s High School Football Stars Of The Week (Sept. 5, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week (and yes, weekend) of high school football is in the books.

A few new teams played their initial game of the 2020 season while others scored their third or fourth win, respectively. 

And just like last week when we unveiled our initial ‘High School Stars of the Week,’ it is time to highlight a slew of student-athletes from around the country that enjoyed a very successful day (or evening) on the gridiron.


Coaches, Athletic Directors, Fans, and Media Members are welcome to nominate players for our weekly ‘High School Stars of the Week’ by sending us an email to either MattNoonan@noontimesports.com or NoontimeSports@gmail.com. Please make sure to include statistics, too!


Noontime’s High School Football Stars of the Week (Sept. 5, 2020) 

Zayd Vestal (North Central | Indiana | Quarterback): Vestal led North Central to its first win over Warren Central in 21 years by completing 8 of 19 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown to Northwestern University commit Theran Johnson in the second quarter. 

Nathan McCahill (Cathedral | Indiana | Quarterback): For the second-straight week, McCahill earned our weekly honor by leading the Fighting Irish to a 52-7 win last Friday over Penn. McCahill concluded the game with four touchdowns, including three through the air.

Jaxson Dart (Corner Canyon | Utah | Quarterback): Dart led the Chargers to its fourth-straight win by completing 16 of 23 passes for 421 yards and six touchdowns. 

Noah Kjar (Corner Canyon | Utah | Wide Receiver): Against Jordan last Friday, Kjar registered 11 receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns. 

Micah Wilson (Corner Canyon | Utah | Linebacker): The junior linebacker tallied 11 total tackles last Friday in his team’s win over Jordan. As noted by the Corner Canyon’s Twitter handle, Wilson leads the team with 10.5 tackles per game

Maddux Madsen (American Fork | Utah | Quarterback): The junior signal-caller made headlines for his nine touchdown performance last week during his team’s 69-49 win over East. Madsen completed 29 of 44 passes for 628 yards and nine touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 148.7. 

Fisher Ingersoll (American Fork | Utah | Wide Receiver): Fisher concluded his team’s fourth win of the 2020 season by catching nine passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 26.7 yards per reception. 

Cruz Hepburn (Lewiston | Idaho | Runningback): Hepburn rushed for three touchdowns, including the go-ahed and game-winning score to lead the Bengals of Lewiston past Lake City by a score of 58-50

Jack Prka (Coeur d’Alene | Idaho | Quarterback): Prka helped the Vikings score their first win of the 2020 season last Friday over Sandpoint. The senior quarterback threw three touchdowns while adding an additional score on the ground.   

J.J. McCarthy (IMG Academy | Florida | Quarterback): McCarthy provided first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White by completing 23 of 37 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. 

Reggie Davis (Robert E. Lee | Alabama | Runningback): Davis led the Generals to a 15 point win over Eufaula by rushing for 274 yards and two scores on 27 carries. 

Cole Jennings (Opp | Alabama | Defensive Line): Jennings highlighted the Opp Bobcats’ defensive effort last week against New Brockton by registering 10 total tackles and two sacks

We’ll have more high school football posts later this week, but for now, thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed a few highlights from this past weekend! 

Noontime’s Games To Watch (Friday, September 4, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to a LONG weekend – how did we get to Labor Day Weekend this fast?

While this weekend like many during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may look a bit different than previous LONG weekends, there will still be some football to watch, including a slew of high school games taking place in Florida, Georgia, and Utah, as well as other parts of the country.

Let’s highlight some games to watch this evening, as well as make some predictions, too.


Noontime’s Games to Watch for Friday, September 4, 2020

Ohio: Mentor at Euclid (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.): For Euclid to claim its second victory of the season, they will need to slow down Mentor’s quarterback Ian Kipp, who accounted for three touchdowns last week in the Cardinals’ season-opener against Medina. In addition to Kipp, Euclid must also find a way to stop halfback Riley Coughlin, who rushed for a pair of scores last week. Expect a big game from the Mentor front seven, including the defensive ends and linemen. PREDICTION: Mentor over Euclid 

Indiana: Cathedral at Penn High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. eastern): Nathan McCahill has enjoyed an extremely successful senior season with Cathedral thus far, throwing for 200 yards or more in back-to-back wins over Carmel and Westfield. McCahill and the Fighting Irish should have no problem continuing their early-season success against the Kingsmen, who earned their first win of the 2020 season last Friday against La PortePREDICTION: Cathedral over Penn 

Florida: IMG Academy at Venice (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): The top team in the country (IMG Academy) will commence its 2020 campaign with hopes of providing first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White. Prediction: IMG Academy over Venice 

Georgia: Valdosta at Warner Robins (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): Quarterback Jake Garcia, who transferred from La Habra (Calif.) to Valdosta, will have a chance to lead the Wildcats to its initial win of the season when they visit Demons in what should be a very enticing high school football contest. Garcia is committed to playing football next year at the University of Southern California, and will certainly be a player to watch this fall in Georgia. PREDICTION: Valdosta over Warner Robins

Utah: Corner Canyon at Jordan High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. eastern): The Chargers enter their fourth contest of the season with a great deal of momentum, posting 42 points or more in their last three outings. Quarterback Jaxson Dart has thrown 13 touchdowns, including six to Talmage HandleyPREDICTION: Corner Canyon over Jordan