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.