Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet Is Scheduled March 6
The sharp-shooting basketball forward Vicki Cason, a near legend at Waycross High School in the late 1960s, could “get in a zone,” as they say, and become almost automatic from a certain spot on the floor. Her range as a “dead-eye” was from beyond today’s three-point range (though there was no three-point arc in those days).
In 1969-70, her senior season, Cason helped carry the Bulldogettes to the brink of a state championship. In the title affair, Waycross had the poor fortune of going up against a team of destiny.
She is scheduled for induction into the Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame at a March 6 banquet.
Coach Joe Mercer’s squad was the first girls team from Waycross High School to go to the state tournament in March 1970.
“In Atlanta in the semifinal round against Wheeler (County), I remember I scored 31 points,” Cason said recently. “We went on to play in the finals against undefeated Berrien County of Nashville, Ga. We lost 37 to 32.”
Berrien put the finishing touch on a 30-0 record that season of ’70 and the Rebelettes purely dominated the Class AA All-State Tournament Team, but their stars shared billing with Cason. She and her Waycross teammates turned in their own sparkling 23-4 record.
Berrien’s winning streak reached 47 games before it ended the following season.
Waycross gave them heart palpitations that night in 1970, though. After Berrien jumped out to a 23-12 halftime margin and led 32-22 after three, Cason led a furious comeback. Waycross “won” the fourth quarter 10-5 as the rally fell short.
In addition to basketball, Cason also was a standout on the varsity tennis team at Waycross.
She was a fine citizen at Waycross High, too, serving as student council vice president and secretary. She was on the homecoming court as a sophomore and senior.
The Tri-Hi-Y Club president also won the DAR Citizenship Award in 1970.
During her college years, Cason was a nationally ranked volleyball official.
She owns degrees (including two masters) that she earned at the universities of Georgia, Tennessee and South Florida.
Now Vicki Cason Bollinger, she lives and works in Tampa, Fla. where she is a media tech specialist with the Hillsborough County Public Schools, the eighth largest school district in the United States.
For a large part of her career as an educator, she taught in the classroom and twice was voted Teacher of the Year.
Tickets to the March 6 Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame banquet, which are only $10, are for sale in the Journal-Herald newsroom during weekday business hours.
Ticket prices are affordable because of corporate sponsorship.
The event will mark the induction of Barbara Stanley Pender, Jimmy Carter, Fred Gibson and Leodis McKelvin, as well as that of Cason Bollinger.
The hall’s 30th annual induction banquet starts at 7 o’clock Friday, March 6, at the Exchange Club Center on Knight Avenue.