STATE A CHAMPIONS
The year is 1971. The voting age is lowered to 18, the movie “Shaft” hits the big screen, Three Dog Night spreads some "Joy To The World", and cigarette ads on TV are banned. The UCLA Bruins win their 5th straight national championship in the 25 team NCAA Tournament, a new theme park in Orlando, FL opens its “Magic” Kingdom, and Don McLean’s American Pie ballad hits the airwaves. The Roswell Hornets are Georgia’s Class A State Basketball Champions.
Led by Bruce Stewart at 19.5 points per game and Lamar “Monk” Jones with 13.3 rebounds per game, the Hornets crush several regular season opponents, including a 101-47 demolition of arch rival Milton. On their way to the championship, Roswell wins each state tournament game by double figures, culminating with a 65-52 win over Calhoun County in the state title game.
Roswell lands four players on the state all-tournament team: Walter Grogan, Lamar Jones, Bruce Stewart, and Jerry Summerour. In addition, Bruce Stewart is named state tournament MVP, posting 27 points per game to lead the Hornets to the school’s first state basketball championship.