Wright Bazemore, 55, retired after the Valdosta (Ga.) High football team won its 15th state title in his 31 years as head coach. Valdosta beat Avondale, a suburb of Atlanta, 62-12 in the finals of the state AAA playoffs, giving Bazemore a 290-43-6 career record.
Ray Barrs, 17, a junior running back at West Mesa High, Albuquerque, N. Mex., set a state rushing record by gaining 2,554 yards during the 1971 football season. He also set a single-game mark with 343 yards against crosstown rival Highland
Laura Craven, 6, of Worthington, Ohio, won a 9-and-under cross-country mile race in 6:08 to unofficially break the national age-group record for the distance. She already holds an age-group mark of 82.6 in the 440, which broke the old record by seven seconds.
Clyde Jones, 56, of Daleville, Ala., won the men's (30 and over) division of the Boll Weevil tennis tournament in Enterprise, Ala. by beating five younger opponents. The closest match any of them could give Jones, who has been playing seven years, was 6-4, 6-0.
January 24, 1972
Rod Musselman, a 6'1" senior guard for Souderton (Pa.) Area High, averaged 43.6 points for his first six games and shot 45.8% from the field and 76.5% from the foul line. He is defending scoring champion in the Bux-Mont league with a 22.4 average.
Sue McBroom, a junior at Logan (Ohio) High, scored 32 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead her team to a 106-0 shutout win over Berne-Union in their interscholastic basketball debut. Sue, a 5'8½" forward, was playing in her first interscholastic game.