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Hays Free Press March 6, 2013 NEIGHBORS Page 5C The Associated Press announced on March 4, 1968 that Guy V. Lewis of the undefeated and number-one ranked Houston Cougars had been elected the college basketball"Coach of theYear" by the nation's sportswriters. TWenty-one years earlier, the World War II vet played in the University of Houston's very first basketball game. The 6-foot-3 center and team captain scored 19 points that night in the vic- tory over North Texas and averaged 21 points a game to lead the Cougars to a Lone Star Conference championship. Following a 1947 repeat by Lewis (19 ppg) and his teammates (a sec- ond Lone Star title), the Arp native received his walking papers - a col- lege diploma. But sixyears later, he returned to his alma mater to take the job of assistant basketball coach. In his absence, UH had joined the MissouriValley, a "power conference" that consistently produced Top 20 teams. In spite of the stiffer competi- tion, Lewis' old coach went out a win- ner after guiding the Cougars to their first NCAA tournament in 1956. The athletic director handed the keys to the gym and the university's basketball future to 34-year-old Lewis. Holding tight to his trademark red polka-dot towel, he took his place on the bench where he would remain a familiar fixture for the next 30 years. Inheriting a bare cupboard, Lewis lost more often than not in his first three seasons. But that would never happen again, as the country boy from East Texas showed himself to be a shrewd judge of athletic talent. The 1959-60 season was Houston's last as a Missouri Valley member. Lewis chose to steer an independent course while waiting patiently for the long-expected call from the South- west Conference that did not come until the mid- 1970s. In the meantime, Lewis built a big-time program with the likes of Gary "The Ghost" Phillips. The hot shooting and smothering defense of the first All-American in school his- tory carried the Coogs to the second round of the 1961 NCAA tourney. Three years later, Lewis did the unthinkable for a basketball coach at a southern school. Breaking with segregated tradition, he boldly offered ffdl scholarships to two black pros- pects, Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney. THIS WEEK IN In their three varsity seasons, UH compiled a won-lost record of 81 - 12 and reached the Final Four, the pin- nacle of the collegiate sport, in 1967 and 1968. Every mythical All-America five worthy of the name included Hayes in his sophomore, junior and senior years and Chaney, too, in his last season. It was in early 1968 that Lewis talked John Wooden into bringing Lew Alcindor (the future Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and the rest of his UCLABruins to the Astrodome. Both teams boasted perfect records, but the defending champions from the West Coast were riding a 47-game winning streak and considered a cinch to teach the upstart Texans an embarrassing lesson in front of a packed house of 52,693. In the first coast-to-coast telecast of a regular-season college contest, Elfin Hayes stepped to the free-throw line with 28 seconds left in what is still known today as "The Game of Cen- tury." He made both attempts for his 38th and 39th points and sealed the historic triumph for the hometown underdogs. By the time Houston and UCLA met again in the semi-finals of the Final Four, Lewis had lost his start- ing point guard to an injury. Wooden concentrated on containing Hayes enabling the Brains to regain a mea- sure of self-respect with a lopsided win. But there would be many more All-Americans and three additional trips to the Final Four for Guy Lewis and the Houston Cougars. The excit- ing "Phi Slama Jama" show of the 1980s, featuring future NBA legends Clyde Drexel and Hakeem Olajuwon, thrilled millions in back-to-back bids for the national championship. Lewis retired in 1986 with 592 wins against only 270 losses in his three- decade coaching career. This is but a partial list of his accomplishments: 27 consecutive winning seasons including 14 with 20 or more, two "National Coach of the Year" awards, 17 post-season appearances, 15 All- Americans, 11 players selected in the first-round of the NBA draft and three (Hayes, Drexel and Olaiuwon) on the official 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list. With those impressive credentials, Lewis should have been inducted years ago into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was not, and at age 90 is still on the outside looking in. No one has taken the shameful slight harder than Lewis' former play- ers. Elvin Hayes has refused to have anything to do with the Naismith Hall since his own induction back in 1990. The Springfield, Massachusetts, in- stitution has another, maybe the last, opportunity to do fight by Guy Lewis. His name is on the ballot for the vote scheduled for March 2013. Lewis' family, friends and countless admir- ers can only hope the door won't be slammed in his face yet again. Bartee Haile welcomes your com- ments, questions and suggestions at p.o. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or f uOa..x.. ,,,:OS,.,, I II' STO-R II =:=:':,, I Rosrm K W, CuNic | 2325 FM 967 312-0701 J We are proud to serve this community, jl Kyle Animal Hospital 100 Halt Professional Center l 268-5o03 / NEWl Vaccine Clinic - Saturdays[ (CaLl or visit website for dates E details)l J Faith Assembly of God 1030 Main St.. Buda First Baptist Chumh-Buda 104 San Mamas St, Buda First Baptist Chumh-Kyle 300 W. Center St.. Kyle Hays Hills Baptist Church 1401 FM 1626. Buda Sledge Chapel Missionary Baptist Church 709 Sewell. Kyle Southeast Baptist Church 5020 Turnersvitie Rd., Creedmoor Manchaca Baptist Church Lowden Lane & FM 1626 Immanuel Baptist Church 4000 E. FM 150.4 miles east of Kyle Center Union Baptist Church Goforth Rd,, Buda Pdmera Mision Bautista Mexioana Kyla Baptist Church of Driftwood 13540 FM 150 W. Santa Cruz Catholic Church 1t00 Main Street, Buda St. Anthony Marie Claret Church 801 N, Burleson. Kyle SL Michael s Catholic Church S, Old Spanish Trail Uhland CHURCH OF CHRIST Buda-Kyle Church of Christ 3.5 miles south of Buda on FM 2770 Southern Hills Church of Chdst 3740 FM 967 Buda St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church 725 RR 967. Buda St, Stephen's Episcopal Church RR 3237 (Wimberley Rd.), Kyle St. Albania Episcopal Church 11819 IH-35 South JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's vtqtnesses FM 2770, Kyle Jehovah's Witnesses South 10802 Manchaca Rd, Manchaca L~HERAN Living Word Lutheran ELCA 2315 FM 967 Buda Good Shepherd Ministries FM 967, Buda Redeeming Graoe Lutheran LCMS FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd,, Manchaca St. John Lutheran, LCMS 20 N, Camino Real (State Hwy. 21), Uhland Buda United Methodist Church San Mamos & Elm St., Buda Kyle United Methodist Church Sledge & Lack'had St,, Kyle Journey Uited Methodist at Painted Horse Paviltion on FM 1626 St. Paul's United Methodist Church 7206 Creedmoor Rd., Creedmoor Manchaca United Methodist Church FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd., Manchaca Driftwood United Methodist Church RR 150 at County Road 170 - ;~._ -_-_. --- __- .~ Monte del Olivor Christian Center 2400 FM 150 E., Kyle The Connection Church 1235 S. Loop 4, Buda Antioch Community Church Old Black Colony Rd, Buda Completed & Perfected Faith Church Tobias Elementary Cafeteria, FM 150, Kyte Kingdom United Christian Church 100 Madison Way, Buda Mission Fellowship Church 200 San Marcos Street, Buda New Covanant Community Church 1019 Main Street, Buda (in Dance Unlimited) Generations Church 801 FM 1626 [Elm Grove Elem.), Buda A Fountain of Life Church Tom Green Elementary 1301 Old Goforth Rd,. Buda The Fellowship at Plum Creek Meets at Negley Elementary in Plum Creek Word of Life Christian Faith Center 400 Old Post Read, Kyle PENTECOSTAL Miaion de Casa de Oradon S. Hwy. 81, Ky~ New Life Sanctuary Kyte 18869 tH 35 North La Quinta Inn Meeting Room St. John's Presbyterian Church 12420 Hewltt Ln., Manchaca First Presbyterian Church 410 W. Hutchison, San Marcea, TX 78666 UNWED CHURCH OF CHRIST : Tdnity United Chuch of Ntederwald 13700 Camino Real. Hwy. 21, Niederwald CENTEX MATERIALS LLC FM 2770, Buda, Texas 295-4801 Prayer for the City You are Invited Thursdays, 7::1.5 - 7:45 p.m, A half-hour of candlelight, simple Taize chant, a brief reading from scripture and prayer for our city leaders & servants. Saint Elizabeth Church 725 Farm-to-Market 967 Buda, TX ~12-2qq-v,674 www.~t-li7.oro ~uOUthern.Hills Church of Christ eeking God Shadng C hnst * Serving Others nOaMy E WORSHIP Wg:l:0~mUS! Bible Class 10:00amWorship 6:00pm Worship Wednesday 7:00pm Bible Class 3740 Ranch Road 967 Buda, Texas www, (512) 312-5900 All sel~ices are sign-interpreted for the deaf PRIMERA IGLESIA BAUTISTA DE BUDA 104 S. San Marcos Street 512-295-8768 tlORARIO/SCIIEDULE DomtngotSunday: Escuela Dominica/Sunday School ............................ 9:45 a.m. Culto de Predicaci6n/Worship Service ................... l 1:00 a.m. Sean Todos Bienvenidos N~l~ B,b,e Study ?2NiiD~es (44m0 II~' ea-st.tF~ ~e) W ~s hn :111 ~;d: !~5! :~5 a m S 'Iv e r Pa ~trrnSa n dez (512) 268-5471 Bible Study & Prayer, 7 pro. and Dr. Dennis Koger Womens & Mens Group ~~_ EVERY OTHER FRIDAY: Youth Group 60d with Buda United Methodist Church Elm Street & San Marcos Traditional Worship (Worship Cente0-9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages)-10:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship (Worship Center)-ll a.m. Rev. Nancy Day Office 295-6981, Parsonage 512-393-9772 I SANTA CRUZ CATHOLIC CHURCH 1100 Main Street Buda,Texas 78610 Ot~ice: 512-312 2520 Fax: 512-295-2034 " Rev. Kirby D. Garner, Pastor Fr. Charlie Garza, Assoc. Pastor CONFESSION OFFICE HOURS Saturdays: 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Fridav 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday evening: 5 : 30 p.m. _ !'~... 8:30 a.rn. (Spanish), 11 a.m. (English) 5 p.m. (English) Baptist Chnrch 9:15 Traditional Service 10:45 Contemporary Service Classes for all ages at 9:15 and 10:45 St. John Lutheran Church of Uhland, LCMS Highway 21, Uhland Bible Study .................. ..... 9:15 a.m. Church Services ................. 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. David Goeke 210-635-8584 20 N. Camino Real (State Hwy. 21) Uhland, Texas 78640 SUNDAYS 10AM east Baptist Church A FOUNTAIN OF We are a non- denominational church currently meeting at Tom Green Elementary, 1301 Old Goforth Road in Buda. Services [ Ca11512-393-4460 ] FreeLunch Sun. 10:30 a.m. or go to Buffet Wed. 7:30 p.m. www.afountain.orgI Last Sunday of for more info. each month ~,~iii,!ii~i! i~!~ilili~i!!ii~i~i~II ~i~ :i~i~i O 512,803,5909 TX78610 1,5rni~ss~ of~ First Baptist Church A loving & caring Southern Baptist Church 104 S. San Marcos Street, Buda Buddy Johnson, Pastor 295-2161 Sunday School ........................................... 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship .................................... 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/Youth Activities ...6:00 p,m. AWANA's (Wednesday) .......................... 6:00 p.m. Nursery Provided fbcbuda@auslin.mcom