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By Joe Thomas
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Jay will honor its 1963 Final Four team

Ceremony set Jan. 27 for basketball team in the finals


January 26, 2023

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Members of the 1963 Jay High School Final Four basketball team are front row from left, Harry Hawthorne, David West, Sid McCall, Larry Goodson, Roger Dobson and Rodney Reaves. Back row are Carl Hicks, Mickey Settle, J.B. Dobson, Buddy Bradley, Kenny Baker and Jerry Moore.

Members of Jay High School's 1963 boys basketball team will be honored Friday, Jan. 27, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the team that made it to Florida's Final Four.

The celebration will be held between Jay's junior varsity and varsity games Friday in the John Clarence Smith Gymnasium' which was named in honor of the long-time and 1963 coach of the Royals, Clarence Smith. The junior varsity game tips off at 5:30 p.m. and should last less than an hour.

Smith coached the 1963 team to a 27-7 record and was named the Escambia River Conference Coach of the Year by the Milton Press-Gazette....

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