1997 Wortham Bulldogs

Wortham Bulldogs

The Wortham Bulldogs special season in 1996-1997 culminated in the school’s first state title in

basketball and saw a small Texas town come together to cheer them to victory. Wortham (29-2) only

lost twice on the season to schools more than ten times their population (Plano and Dallas Jesuit). They

entered the playoffs with a convincing win over the Price Carlisle Indians. Karnack and Detroit were the

next victims of the Bulldogs and Wortham was ready to compete in the regional semifinal. Wortham led

the entire game against the Goodrich Hornets and dominated state ranked Avinger to reach the state

tournament. The Bulldogs defeated daunting opponents Brock (65-61) and came from behind to defeat

Nazareth (50-42) to raise the trophy at the Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus.

The Bulldogs shot nearly 50% from the field for the season and kept that pace for the playoff

run. The blocked 44 shots in the playoffs with a huge front line of Leonard Davis, Reuban Randle and

tournament MVP Lance Chambers. Terrell Spence and Michael Betts displayed defensive pressure and

dead-eye shooting to win the state title. James Eggins, Jason Carr and Robert Busby had intense

moment off the bench to continue to lead the Bulldogs on their way to the state title win. A banner

hangs in Bulldog Gymnasium to commemorate that terrific year for the Class A State Champion

Wortham Bulldogs and their coach Todd Jarrell.







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