One of the greatest shooters in Montgomery County basketball history was a blond-headed whiz kid from little Alamo High School . . . Lawrence Reath, Jr. . . . known to everyone as "Whitey." When the county's leading scorer, Alamo's great Charlie Bowerman, graduated in 1957 and headed to Wabash College, Whitey took over right where Charlie left off. As a 5'11" forward on the Warrior team, Whitey led the county in scoring during both his junior and senior years. In 1957-58, the Alamo bomber poured through 440 points for a fine 23.1 average, and was named as the team's MVP. Many of you might recall that this was the year that Alamo almost knocked off the mighty Crawfordsville Athenian team during the Sectional tourney. The Athenians won the game in overtime 64 to 62 on a last second shot by Joe Krutzch . . . and subsequently won the tourney . . . and proceeded on through the other rounds to become state runnerup in the IHSAA finals!
Whitey came right back during his senior year in 1958-59 to score an amazing 513 points for a 23.7 average in leading his team to a 14-6 season record. In a game against Richland Township, Whitey hit the nets for 38 points. The Warriors made it to the finals of both the County and Sectional tourneys, but unfortunately ended up on the short end each time . . . losing to an outstanding New Ross team in the County tourney, and then again to Crawfordsville in the Sectional tourney. Both Whitey and another great player for Alamo, Joe Melvin, were named to both the All-County and All-Sectional tourney teams. Joe averaged 16 points a game as a junior and 17 points as a senior . . . with the two of them accounting for 40 points a game for Coach Tom Bowerman those two years! The other members of that 1959 Warrior team were Larry Hutchison, James Moore, Rudy Clore, Mike Melvin, Ted Leonard, Larry McCance, Harold Stout, Jim Bayless, Dick Donald and Bob Moore.
To the surprise of no one, Whitey was named as "honorable mention" on the All-State team, earning a special niche in county basketball history. Just like Davy Crockett, Whitey left our own "Little Alamo" with his guns blazing. Whitey's basketball skills and shooting touch had buried many an opposing team, and the fans of Alamo High School and Montgomery County will never forget him. Hats off to the "Blond Whiz Kid of Alamo" . . . Whitey Reath!

John "Butch" Dale is a retired teacher and County Sheriff. He has also been the librarian at Darlington the past 30 years, and is a well-known artist and author of local history. He writes a general column that appears in The Paper on Fridays and a local sports column on Tuesdays.