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Davie sports from 50 years ago – Davie County Enterprise Record

Davie sports from 50 years ago

Published 09:22 Tuesday June 11, 2024

By Brian Pitts

Enterprise record

A look back at Davie Sports 50 years ago…

The 1974 Davie star athletes are now in their mid-60s or almost 70s, but we’re here today to make them feel young again.

We’re talking about basketball players like Dwayne Grant (freshman phenom that year) and Doug Quarles of coach Bob Henry’s boys and Debbie Burton and Nancy Reavis of coach Bill Peeler’s girls. Marcus Wilson dominated in football and wrestling; there was Jeff A. Ward, Jeff H. Ward, David Bean and Tom Anderson who helped build a strong football team in 1973; and don’t forget Ron Anderson, who beat just about everyone on the mat.

Here we go: The Davie girls basketball team put South Iredell to bed before you could blink, winning 60-28 as Burton and N. Reavis combined for 37 points and Pam Reavis poured in 10.

The Davie boys seemed to fall asleep in the first quarter, but with Quarles, Jeff A. Ward (aka “Snapper”) and Eddie Wilkinson pouring in 56 points, the War Eagles won 79-74 over North Iredell .

Bobby McGee (107 weight class), James Neely (114), Brad Middleton (121), R. Anderson (143), Wilson (187) and Greg Pulliam (heavyweight) knocked out pins as Davie wrestled slid past West Rowan 39-27 at home . Curtis Stiles (128) threw a decision for good measure.

The Davie girls were effectively unbeatable in the North Piedmont Conference when N. Reavis (17 points) and Burton (16) were both hot, and they were both against North Stanly, which also faced Debra Ward’s 14. The exciting Burton/N. De Reavis combination – they had 21 and 16 respectively – was the difference in a 55-52 win over East Rowan.

The incomparable Grant, who would end his Davie career with more than 2,000 career points, gave fans goosebumps as he carried the War Eagles past North Stanly, 64-60, by pouring in 31 points.

Lineman Allan Barger of Lenoir Rhyne College received honorable mention on the All-Lutheran football team.

N. Reavis went off for 23 points, but it was a beautiful balance that allowed the Davie girls to survive 59-55 over Mooresville. Patricia Dwiggins had twelve, while Burton and P. Reavis contributed ten each. Interestingly, Davie trailed 37-27 before storming ahead on a 12-0 run.

The Davie boys produced four double-digit scorers in a 67-49 win: Grant with 12, Snapper Ward and Quarles with 12 each and Wilkinson with 10.

During the fall sports athletics banquet, football coaches Peeler, Henry, Ronnie Riddle, Burt Barger, Julius Suiter, Randall Ward and Steve Roeder presented trophies to Wilson (Most Outstanding Offensive Defenseman), Snapper Ward (Most Outstanding Defensive Defenseman), Jeff H. Ward ( Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman), Bean (Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman) and Dave DesNoyers (Most Improved). Barger, who was also the cross country coach, presented awards to the following runners: Danny Robertson, Tim Austin, Mark McIntyre, Andy McIntyre, Gary Lowdermilk, Robbie Graves, Ricky Spry, Barry McBride, Perry Reavis, Neely, Mike Barnhardt, Craig Williams, Reggie Lyons and David Steele.

The Davie girls just kept finding ways to win, the next win being a 52-48 squeaker over North Davidson, which was burned by N. Reavis’ 23 points. D. Ward (13) and Burton (12) helped the case. N. Reavis (23) and Burton (20) thrilled fans during a 64-55 win over West Rowan.

The Davie boys came to North Davidson in waves. When Quarles failed to score some of his 21 points, Grant scored 16. When Snapper Ward failed to deliver on his 15-point performance, Wilkinson aimed for a 13-point effort.

The girls game against North Iredell went all the way. You can probably guess who the hero was with 30 seconds left and the score tied at 40-40. N. Reavis hit what turned out to be the decisive free throw in an eventual 43-40 victory as she finished with 18 points.

Incredibly, the Davie boys scored triple figures against North Iredell. Grant (22), Quarles (14), Wilkinson (11) and Robert Pulliam (11) shared the spotlight in a 101-82 romp.

Two wrestlers remained perfect as Davie handled Kannapolis 49-15. Wilson’s pin at 188 pushed his record to 13-0. R. Anderson’s decision at 135 increased his score to 10-0-1.

T. Anderson, a 6-0, 190-pounder and all-conference split end in the fall of 1973, received a grant to attend Catawba College. He had great speed and excellent hands, according to Catawba assistant coach Ray Oxendine. Anderson also played defense for the War Eagles, and he planned to double his job at Catawba. He would join former Davie teammate Johnny Munday, a rising sophomore tailback for the Indians.

With Neely finishing second at 108 and Billy Boger fourth at 138, Davie Wrestling placed 10th out of 34 teams in the Western North Carolina High School Activities Association tournament in Catawba.

It was announced that the Davie girls tennis team would participate in a Southern Piedmont conference for the first time. The program was led by Dennis McCarthy, who counted on players such as Darlene Smith, Candy Everidge, N. Reavis, Kelly Erickson, Jill Beaver and Mary Lynn Eaton to lead the way.

N. Reavis scored a whopping 25 points despite leaving the game for good in the third quarter due to muscle spasms. Burton fell behind by 21 as the Davie girls closed out the regular season with a 70-54 win over South Rowan, meaning Davie finished in first place in the regular season.

The Davie boys got double digits from Quarles (21), Snapper Ward (19), Grant (10) and Bill Cozart (10) in a 67-50 decision over South Rowan. In a nail-biting win over North Stanly it was Wilkinson’s turn to be the hero. Davie coughed up a 16-point lead in the second half as North rallied for a tie at 71. A Wilkinson bucket at :28 – his 18th and 19th points – saved the day, 73-71. The balance was astonishing as Grant (17), Quarles (16), Snapper Ward (15) and Wilkinson accounted for 92 percent of the fouls.

The Advance girls basketball team won the regular season title, finishing with just one loss to the Mocksville Tigers. In the tournament semifinals, Cynthia Peoples (14 points) and Wanda Beal (10) led a 29-18 victory over Pinebrook. Elizabeth Shoaf played a key role in Advance’s defense by holding high-scoring Teresa Chappel to six points. In the championship game, Advance defeated the Wildcats 30-26. Sherri Smoot, Sebrina Foster and Deanna Thomas controlled the ‘Cats for three quarters, but Beal, Renae Jones and Jill Carter kept Advance’s comeback alive. The defensive highlights were Peoples, Donna Eaton and Shoaf.

On the boys side, the Cooleemee Indians capped off a legendary season with a 35-27 championship victory over the Shady Grove Panthers. William Goodlett had 12 points as the Indians put the finishing touches on a perfect season. Goodlett and James Clement averaged 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the season.

Four Davie wrestlers were named to the all-conference team: Brad Middleton (119), R. Anderson (132), Boger (138) and Wilson (185).

The four highest scoring averages for the Davie boys belonged to Grant (15.6), Quarles (13.5), Snapper Ward (12) and Wilkinson (10.4).

The dynamic duo for the girls were of course N. Reavis (16.7 average) and Burton (14.4).