TERRE HAUTE —
I remember seeing Lovellette a few times when I was a kid, and he was Vigo County Sheriff. It wouldn’t have mattered had I been full grown, I would have still been impressed by his size. I remember being eyeball to pistol grip with his service revolver as I stood next to him in West’s Drugstore in 12 Points, so I couldn’t imagine what it was like playing against the guy in the post.
I’ve been digging through Dean’s book to find a few things out about Lovellette, so the big guy will be the basis for most of this year’s questions on my annual quiz about the PHWVC and the old Valley. Now, if you have never taken this thing, be prepared, because it isn’t for the faint of heart. In some ways, taking this quiz is a lot like winning the tournament; it takes endurance…
Classic Clyde Quiz
1. Okay, I’ll start out with an easy one, that is, if you’re a little older than I am. Miss this one, and you really should hit the showers early. You already know that Clyde Lovellette was a two-time Wabash Valley Tourney winner as a starter. For what school did he play? (a. Wiley (b. Gerstmeyer (c. Garfield (d. Honey Creek.
2. This one is tougher: What a lot of local folks forget is that in addition to Lovellette, Clyde’s team also boasted two other all-Valley players in 1947 (yet another made the second team). One was the great Ron Bland; the other went on to coaching glory himself. Who was it?
3. Tougher yet: Lovellette’s squad beat Spencer in the ’47 title game, but beat a team in the ’48 championship that returned to the final game in ’49, only to lose to the Monroe City Blue Jeans. It was (a. Brazil (b. Attica (c. Wiley (d. Linton.