Here is the schedule for the 2020-21 Trojans. The copy was hard to read, so I hope that the dates are correct.
One of the most recognizable figures over the years at PHS basketball games has been "Captain Trojan". Two of the most well known "Captains" were Greg "Bubba" Hickman and Stephen Hunter. Hickman was the original "Captain" which started in the 1980's. Hickman wore red and blue tights with a mask and cape. He would come to center court and spell "T R O J A N" and the crowd joined in. Then he would irritate the opposing team by sliding into their huddle. He would quite often get kicked but it didn't deter him from his goal of revving up the spirit of the crowd.
The Portsmouth Trojans have 12 Final 4 wins, 16 overall (16-11) in state tournament play. The 12 wins by the Trojans match the total number of Final 4 wins by the 6 conferences of the Southeast District combined..........the SOC, SVC, OVC, FAC, TVC, and the SHAC. This statistic takes into account only Final 4 wins, not appearances. Below is breakdown of the Trojans' Final 4 wins and the 6 conferences of the SE district:
Portsmouth........1931 (2), 1934 (1), 1961 (2), 1978 (2), 1980 (1), 1988 (2), 1990 (1), 2012 (1)
SE District Conferences:
After doing the research on Phil Whitehead, who played for the Trojans from 1988-1991, he has officially joined the 1,000 point club at PHS. Whitehead scored 1,027 points in his career. He still managed to join the coveted 1,000 point mark despite missing several games his senior year due to injury. He needed 329 points his final season to reach 1,000. His high game was 30 vs. Boyd County. He played on the 1988 D2 state championship team, and he reached the D2 state championship game in 1990 as the Trojans lost to Dayton Colonel White 71-57.
Patrick Tubbs is officially a member of the PHS 1,000 points club. He scored a total of 396 points his sophomore year, 461 points his junior year, and 440 points his senior season, for a total of 1,297 points. In addition, Tubbs also posted 3 games of 30 points or more, including a career high 34 vs. Warren in the 1987 season, 30 vs. Ironton in 1987, and 30 vs. Russell the same season.
With a 72-61 win over Coal Grove on 1/14/20, Coach Eugene Collins passed Richard "Red" Hopkins into 2nd place on the all time winningest coach list in Portsmouth HS history. Collins, whose career record is now 169-87, broke a tie with Hopkins, who went 168-58 from 1926-1936. Collins took over as head coach of the Trojans in the 2009-2010 season, and immediately turned the fortunes of the program around, going 12-7. The previous decade before his arrival saw the Trojans compile the worst record for a decade in school history, going 100-121.
The Portsmouth Trojans will travel to Florida to play in the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando on Dec.27-30. This will be the Trojans' 4th trip to the tournament, and in 3 previous trips have compiled a very good 7-2 record, winning it with a 3-0 record in their very first year of participation. The roster of teams is listed below, and PHS has been already advanced past the first round due to a scheduling snafu. Portsmouth was to play Wade Christian(FL) on 12/27, but has already been credited for a win, and now will play the winner of The Priory School (CA) vs.
The Portsmouth Trojans return 4 starters from an 8-16 season a year ago. 6-3 senior Matthew Fraulini, 6-2 junior Miles Shipp, 5-8 sophomore Drew Roe, and 5-8 sophomore Amare Johnson all return to give the Trojans an experienced lineup. Johnson started in a number of games, came off the bench in some others, but I have counted him as a returning starter.
Portsmouth Trojan senior Matthew Fraulini is now the 7th leading scorer (tied) in PHS history. He scored 8 points vs. Eastern Brown in the Waverly sectional tournament and now has 1,096 points. The 6-2 Fraulini has already established a new single game scoring record with his 46 point performance vs. Rock Hill last season. Despite being double teamed at times last season, Fraulini still averaged a very respectable 17 PPG, with a number of games well over 20.
Portsmouth HS graduate Mike Haley, who started on the 1961 Class AA State Champion Trojans, will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on June 6, 2020. Haley's 1981 and 1982 Dayton Roth teams which won back to back state titles will also be recognized. Haley, who averaged 22.0 PPG on the 61 Trojans, went on to an outstanding career at Ohio University. He later coached Dayton Roth HS and Dunbar HS to 4 state titles. His teams at Dayton were known for full court pressing and creating havoc for opponents.