Back side of the “Throwback” replica warm up jackets representing the Cave In Rock Eagles and the Rosiclare Bears.
Hardin County High School Basketball coaches have organized a special night of basketball to honor two former high school teams, the Cave In Rock Eagles and the Rosiclare Bears. The inaugural “Throwback Night” game is set for Saturday, February 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in Oxford Gymnasium at Hardin County K-12 School, against Johnston City.
Banterra Bank has generously sponsored the evening and cost of the replica uniforms pictured above. This year, the Junior Varsity Cougars will wear the Rosiclare jerseys and the Varsity Cougars will wear the Cave In Rock jerseys during the game. Each year the JV and Varsity will rotate the jerseys worn.
At halftime of the Varsity game, former Cave In Rock Eagles and Rosiclare Bears Basketball players will be asked to stand and be acknowledged for their participation as athletes on the former teams.
The coaches hope that this event will grow each year and that athletes from the former teams will come out, watch the games, and be a part of a great night of basketball.
About the school consolidation –
In fall of 1980, all Hardin County students attended the newly constructed Hardin County K-12 School on HWY 146 in rural Elizabethtown. The plans were in the works in 1977 when the schools consolidated (students still attended their regulars schools) and adopted the Cougars as their mascot.
Read the following excerpt from the August 18, 1977 Hardin County Independent:
Schools Open August 25
August 26 First Day for Student Attendance
Hardin County School will open Thursday, August 25 with Teachers’ Workshops.
Friday, August 26 will be the first day of the 1977-78 school season for the students to attend. They will be dismissed after about two hours that day. Kindergarten students will attend Monday, August 29 for the first time.
This will be the first school term for the Hardin County Community Unit School District No. 1 which was formed July 1, 1977 by the consolidation of the Cave-in-Rock and Rosiclare schools. Attendance Centers will remain the same as in the old school districts.
The name chosen, with the help of the students, for the new student body and athletic teams is Hardin County Cougars. Formerly, Cave teams were Eagles and Rosiclare teams were Bears.
Published in the February 1, 2024 issue of the Hardin County Independent.
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