Back row: Bill Powless, Johnny Smith, Richard Rodgers, Charles Vaughn, Gary Poole, and Jerry Miller.
Front row: Coach Scottie Lynch, George James, Jim DeJarnett, David Newell, Kenny Webb, and Joe DeJarnett.
Note: Charles Vaughn, later to be known as "Chico," went on to play for Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
and for the NBA
Tamms Comm. High School had many great basketball teams, two of them which won District Championships in 1957 and 1958
according to the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org
). Tamms did win both districts and regionals in basketball
making the sectional twice during
career, actually reaching the sectional championship game. Tamms missed
the "Sweet Sixteen" round by a whisker, losing an overtime battle to Herrin.
1956-57 District / Regional Champions
Coach Scottie Lynch
1957-58 District / Regional Champions
Coach Scottie Lynch
Tamms's claim to fame in the Illinois High School Basketball world is that they had the state's all-time leading
scorer with 3,358 points. His name is Charles "Chico" Vaughn, a 1958
graduate. He scored 377 points as a freshman in 1954-55, 844 points as a sophomore in 1955-56, 1,085 points as a junior in
1956-57 and 1,052 points as a senior in 1957-58. He sits 198 points ahead of second place (Andy Kaufmann of Jacksonville).
His point total as a junior is sixth-best in Illinois and his senior point total is ninth-best in Illinois.
On December 11, 1956 "Chico" Vaughn scored 46 points in the second half of a game against
arch-rival Thebes, which is fourth best in state history. His 30 points in the fourth quarter
of that game is also fourth best in state history. In 105 games played in his four years, 100
of those were games he scored ten points or higher! Ninety-two of those games were consecutive efforts
dating from January 18, 1955 to March 13, 1958. On four occasions Vaughn scored over 50 points in a game. The
December 11th game saw him score 67 points, going 23-41 from the field and 21-26 from the charity
stripe. He scored 53 points in a January 8, 1957 game against Karnak (18 field goals, 17 free-throws), 51
points in a February 15, 1957 game against Thebes (24 field goals, three free-throws) and 50 points in a
January 14, 1958 game against Ullin (20 field goals, 10 free throws).
Vaughn was also an excellent free-throw shooter. In the February 17, 1956 game against Thebes,
Vaughn made 22 free-throws, fifteenth-best in state history. He also made 21 free-throws in his December 11th game
against Thebes as well.
His scoring average of 32 PPG is also best in Illinois, as well as his 2,583 field goals and 1,134 free-throw
Charles Vaughn ('58):
Illinois High School's all-time career scorer played collegiately at Southern
Illinois University in Carbondale and was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
and played for the Hawks, Detroit Pistons and the Pittsburgh/Minnesota Pipers of the American Basketball Association
(ABA). He was an ABA all-star with the 1967-68 Piper team.
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