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Coach R. L. “Bobby” Vaughan
—Head coach of the Viking varsity
basketball team also serves as
Chairman of the Department of
Physical Education and Director
of Athletics. Coach Vaughan came
to Elizabeth City State directly out
of school in 1949 prior to going
to the Army during the Korean
Conflict. Returning in 1952, he j .
led the basketball team to f^e i faked the oppos.t.on
straight CEIA championships be-,
fore the college joined the ciAA. .J^e spectators were brought to
.their feet as the Vikmgs scored
1 during the first series of downs.
I Bill Streeter and Lionel Shropshire
Vikings Defeat Broncos
In Homecoming Tilt
Putting together a sound offense
for the first time, the “Vikings”
trounced the Fayetteville “Bfron-
cos,” 22-8. This game marked the
highest score at any homecoming
game during the last several years.
Johnny Walton, a freshman
sensation showed his true form as
His teams have won over
games and have experienced only
two losing seasons out of fifteen. , j .t, u „ „ .
, j . t traced the ball all the way down
Coach Vaughan is a graduate of j ■ c^- ,
Virginia State College (B.S.), Co
lumbia University (M.A.), and
Boston University (C.A.G.S.). He
is a member of the Coaches Cen
tury Club (over 100 wins) and is
servmc in his third year as presi- : . * i_ • j ^ j .
* , ^ ; .. . down to busmess and started to
dent of the Central Intercollegiate
the field and Charles Singleton
took it in from 22 yards out.
During the second quarter, the
game was a little tighter as the
■‘Broncos” defense adjusted itself.
Later the team once more got
The high-stepping “Viking” band
furnished the half time entertain
ment as “Miss ECSC,” Bessie
Carr, made her appearance. The
crowning of “Miss Alumni,” Mrs.
Bessie Jones, 1927, ended the half
The third quarter started with
the “Broncos” receiving the ball.
Neither team was able to move
with any success as the ball
changed hands many times. Final
ly, Fayetteville was able to hit
paydirt on a long pass. The extra
point was good and the “Vikings”
lead was trimmed down to 12-8.
Carl Witherspoon plucked a
“Bronco” pass out of the air and
raced 35 yards for “Vikings” final
Other outstanding players for
PATRICK TYRANCE, Reporter
'Farewell To Arms
Association of Basketball Coaches. i
He and his wife, Valerie, have two
daughters, Michel and Zoe; and
one son, the Viking mascot, Bobby, ■
Coach Alvin Kelley—A recent '•
Viking graduate who has been j
brought back helps the Viking ;
cause. Kelley who served as the |
coach’s right hand for four years |
as a student now directs the Vi- i
king junior varsity basketball team |
as well as teaches basic physical
education classes. Coach Kelley is !
recently married, having taken the
former Miss Catherine Outlaw as
Coach John Turpin, Jr.—A for
mer successful head coach of bas- ,
ketball is expected to lend his '
valuable experiences as techni
cal advisor and scout. An instruc
tor in Health and Physical Educa
tion currently engaged in research.
Coach Turpin lends his assistance
to the squad.
.u u II I. I . u- r ; the “Vikings” were: Vernon Perry,
move the ball. Walton let his fa-[ ®
vorite receivers. Snipes and Green! Bobby Riley, Chester Sutton,
for short yardage. Exhibiting his
fine pass catching ability. Green
ran out across the end-zone for the
"Vikings” final score of the first
Melvin Croslan and Willie Gafney
on offense. On defense, Sylvester
Bynum, Jethro Williams, Carl
Witherspoon, James Griffin and
The Cheering Vikings
Thumbnail Sketch of
'65 Basketball Squad
Stubbins, Ge.ry—Senior from
New Albany, Indiana. A guard
with all the moves—averaged
16.04 points per game last season
with the highest assist on the
VMIliiinis, Jair e.s—Senior—O n e
of the best na^Jral-shootinp eyes
on the squad—A n aggressive hustle
man—Could be the key to the
or student who b roke into the var- '
sity as freshman—Fxcellent ball
handler who averaged 13 points j
per game. Fred led the CTAA in ,
free throw percrntige converting i
92 out of 111 for a .822 percen
Laasden, l.eev on—Jiinior—H a s
all the tools, but has yet to mature
—If he comes into his own, he
could really make the squad move.
Lewis, Cliftoi —S e n i o r—6’3”
forward-guard w ith the spring of a
mountain lion—He should finally
come into his own—Can score
from anywhere c n the court.
Robertson, Pa ul—J u n i o r—A
powerful ninner with plenty of
hustle—Has yet to reach the poten-
tial he showed in high school as
Brown, Doiigrii.ss—-6’7” Junior—
On his shoulders much of the VI-
liing’s future re^ts—Has the move
>0 play the corn er or center, and
can do almost anything when and
if he sets him m ind to it.
Smith, Oscar--67” 230 lbs.—
Only in his sea >nd year on the
Varsity—Still has much to learn
but lacks expenence—If he ever
learns to use his height and weiehl.
he could have a rosy future—With
“Big-Hand” rounding into form,
the Vikings could go all the way.
Thweatt, A1;xainder (Pronounc
ed 3-eat”)—Sejpior—Has a lot of
Seven footballers hung up their cleats for the last time
on the collegiate level.
For them it was a sad departure to a very happy ending.
The season was not a winning one and at times left the
players emotionally upset and torn from bitter contact. These
obstacles did not take away their will and courage to go on.
William Streeter, a hard nosed halfback and co-captain,
has called it a day. For four years he carried the pigskin up
and down Viking Stadium and knocked down big tackles with
his vicious blocks. Bill is leaving behind a career of which he
can be proud.
There are some people yoti hear very little of arouna
the campus because of quietness of their nature. However,
there are little whispers and murmurs going on and the con
versation is usually ???. The “Vikings ’ have such a person,
Bobby Riley. He piakes his noise on the gridiron, loud ana
clear. He does what he is supposed to do best, block and tackle.
Through the years, he has gained the reputation as being tht
meanest man in the CIAA. Already, Bobby has been con
tacted by many professional teams and he has hopes of being
picked up in both the AFL and NFL drafts. Those who
have seen or played against him will have to put the odds in
his favor. Bobby has truly been a team player.
A midget in the world of giants is Lionel Shropshire. He
is well known for his ducking and weaving through the
enemy lines. Perhaps the most exciting runner on the squad,
he always managed to bring the spectators to their feet.
The name Benny Hodges will ring a bell in anyone’s
ears. His position was cornerback and everyone knew it.
Hodges was also co-captain. When other teams scouted the
“Viking,” their reports always read, “We can throw the ball,
as long as it is not in the area of number 18.” That number
belonged to Hodges. With blinding speed and vicious tackles,
i Hodges became one of the most feared cornerbacks in
; the conference. Because of his small size, he will more than
j likely be ignored in the pro drafts. His hardness and com-
' pctitiveness made him the type of player any coach would like
to have had.
' Jethro Williams, a linebacker has reached his climax as
a football player. During his final years, he has been known
as a defensive specialist because of his sure tackling. Although
his size was a handicap, his performance has been good.
Athlete, scholar, and leader, all of these help to defined
the personality of Vernon Perry. Perry is an offensive ball
^ player and blocking is his job. This past season. Perry came
[ on his own and developed into a fine player. His services will
Sylvester Bynum, another quiet type of player has played
just about every position on the team except quarterback and
could probably do that if called upon. He packs 215 pounds
and is as mean as a wounded lion. “Vet” as he is called is
perhaps a bit underrated by many, but to those who know him
well, realize that he is tops. Not only will he be missed as
an end but as a player of all positions.
Shropshire Gains Against Shaw
Left to Right: LilUan Cogglna, Lonora JarvU. Brenda Evan*, Elliabolh
Strickland. Carolyn Parker, Hattie Forbes
Walton and Snipes
Spark Viking Win
Johnny Walton threw a 25-yard
pass to Eugene Snipes for a touch
down with approximately 25 se
conds remaining. The touchdown
gave the “Vikings” a hard fought
22-17 victory over the Livingstone
“Bears” in the season’s final. The
win gave the "Vikings” a 3-5 rec-
In the first quarter the “Vikings"
scored the second time they got
their hands on the ball. The touch
down was the result of a 5 yard
plunge by Charles Singleton.
hustle and drive—Appears to be
finally finding himself.
Todd, Richard—6’4” Senior—
The best pro prospect of the Vi
king squad—An excellent jump
shooter who has been working on
his “moves”—An all conference
forward last season who averaged
20.17 points per game and is con
sidered tops at the corner—Is the
Vikings' top All-American candi
date—He was the 10th leading
scorer in the CIAA.
Lionel Shropshire went for the
extra points to give the mighty “Vi
kings” an 8-0 lead at the end of the
The second quarter saw coach
John Marshall’s (a former Viking
coach) chargers trying to get on
the score board via the air. Cap
tain Hodges of the “Vikings" had
other ideas. He intercepted one
of A1 Tyler’s tosses and rambled
35 yards to the promised land for
another “Viking" score. Shropshire
again scored the extra points on a
run to give the “Vikings a 16-0
lead. Shortly before the half, Da
vid Steele of the “Bears” kicked
a 21-yard field goal to cut the “Vi
kings” lead 16-3.
The “Vikings” came back just
having control of the ball, Tyler
hit Sam Clear on a pass covering
61 yards and a touchdown. The
try for the extra point was good
before the gun sounded for the
half on what appeared to be a sure
touchdown. Walton threw a pass
to Ernest Green, who caught (he
ball on the “Vikings” 30 yard line.
He appeared to have had the field
beaten but ran out of bounds on
the “Bears” 30 ya^d line. The
play covered 40 yards. The half-
time ended with the “Vikings” in
The third quarter was scoreless
but Livingstone appeared to have
ended their frustrations by coming
up with some fine plays.
In the final quarter Livingstone
scored early on a 6 yard pass from
Tyler to Charles Gibson. Steele
kicked the extra point to narrow
the “Vikings” lead to 6 points.
With 2 minutes and the “Bears ’
and Livingstone was out front 17-
16 a little over a minute playing
This set the stage for perhaps
the greatest finish in the history
of football at Elizabeth City. The
“Vikings” got the ball with 90
seconds remaining. Walton threw
an incomplete pass, then he hit
Snipes on a down and out pass
pattern. It carried to the l iving?-
tone’s 40 yard marker. After a
fifteen yard penalty on the Vi
kings, Walton hit Snipes on a 25
yard pass play that put the ball on
Livingstone’s 25 yard line. The
small, tense crowd was standing
with moisture in their eyes as the
ieconds ticked away. Walton faded
back as Snipes with his snake like
noves raced down field, first in-
iide then outside. The pass from
Walton seemed a bit high and out
of reach but Snipes kept running
and with a fantastic leap, caught
the ball, ran over one defender for
a final score with only 6 seconds
remaining. The great effort was
one of pure determination as the
football season ended in style.