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Jerry West, No. 42, is pictured with his high school basketball team and Coach Roy Williams.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.West also led his team to victory at the West Virginia State High School Basketball Championship in 1956, a first for the team.
A referee and teammates come to West's aid during a high school basketball game.West was the East Bank High School's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
East Bank High School's Gary Stover, No. 17, and Morgantown's Jay Jacobs, No. 3, jump for a rebound during the championship game. Jerry West, not pictured, was also playing at this game as the team's starting small forward.West led East Bank High School to victory at this game, scoring 43 of the 71 points against Morgantown. The final score was 71-56. It was the first time East Bank High School won the state championship title.
Coach Roy Williams gives West a once-over after the star took a hard fall during the semi-final game in the state basketball tournament. West played for East Bank High School and led the team to victory, the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
East Bank High School's Gary Stover, No. 17, drives in for a layup while Mullens High School's Gene Miller tries to halt the play. Also pictured is Mullens player Ronnie Cook and East Bank player Jack Landers, No. 11.Jerry West was also a player in this game and led the team to victory. The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was East Bank High School's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
A portrait of the team, coached by Roy E. Williams. Jerry West is pictured in the center holding the trophy. The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Jerry West and teammates are pictured celebrating and drinking milk in a locker room with their coaches. The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Pictured from left to right is Willie Akers of Mullens High School, Mr. Hurt from Beckley High School, Jack Landers from East Bank High School, Jerry West from East Bank High School, Jay Jacobs from Morgantown High School, and Mr. Davis from Morgantown High School.West was East Bank High School's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.He team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Jerry West, East Bank High School's small starting forward, helped secure the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Coach Roy E. Williams stands behind a microphone to address the crowd. Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to secure its first ever state championship title.West was the team's small starting forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
With this shot, West (No. 12) makes the shot that scores him a new state high school record of 860 points in a season with only 6:50 left in the game. Also on the court is Bob Green (No. 20) of East Bank and Bob Short (No. 24) of Mullens.West was East Bank High School's small starting forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.In 1956, West led his team to secure its first ever state championship title.
West is pictured throwing a basketball through the basket nonchalantly. He was East Bank High School's small starting forward.West was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season