December 17, 2013

CHS basketball begins new era with home games

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


In tonight's first home games of the season for Chickasha basketball, the teams will embark on a new tradition that honors their programs' past.

The Fightin' Chicks will play for the first time on the newly dedicated 'Harley Day' Court. Day served the high school as a basketball coach and later the principal until 1977. The Chickasha Public School Board of Education voted to name the court after Day last spring.

"Mr. Day's contribution to CHS has been unparalleled," Athletic Director Yohance Brown said. "His commitment to CHS as principal and coach have meant so much to those students who played for him and knew him as their principal."

Day started out as the head basketball coach at Chickasha in 1950, and he also served as an assistant football coach. Under his leadership, the program went to the state title game in three consecutive years, taking home the trophy in 1953 and 1955. He is a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame.

Day began as Chickasha High School's principal in 1958 and stayed in that position for the better part of two decades.