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Documentary about Lafayette’s 1979 basketball championship premieres Saturday

1979 FILE PHOTO: The Lafayette Generals basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy after winning the Boys Sweet 16 March 17, 1979 in Rupp Arena, Lexington Kentucky. Third from the left, with the net around his neck is Junior Johnson, assistant coach Donnie Harville and head coach Jock Sutherland hold the trophy, Dirk Minniefield, front right, also has one of the nets around his neck.
1979 FILE PHOTO: The Lafayette Generals basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy after winning the Boys Sweet 16 March 17, 1979 in Rupp Arena, Lexington Kentucky. Third from the left, with the net around his neck is Junior Johnson, assistant coach Donnie Harville and head coach Jock Sutherland hold the trophy, Dirk Minniefield, front right, also has one of the nets around his neck. rgarrison@herald-leader.com

A documentary about Lafayette’s journey to the 1979 boys’ Sweet Sixteen championship, titled “Jock’s Jailhouse Junk,” will premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lafayette’s Beeler Auditorium.

It is presented by The Sports History Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kentucky whose mission, according to its website, “is to research, preserve and maintain the extraordinary accomplishments of legendary prep sports figures, unforgettable high school teams and the most celebrated state champions of all time.”

The film takes its name from Jock Sutherland, a Lafayette graduate who coached the Generals to the 1979 title. In addition to coaching Lafayette to another Sweet Sixteen in 1971, he took Gallatin County in 1959 and Harrison County in 1961, 1962 and 1966.

“I was the worst high school basketball coach in the world my first game at Gallatin County,” Sutherland said in a profile by the KHSAA in February. “The last night I coached at Lafayette, I was the best. I went from the bottom to the top, so I figured that was a damn good time to quit.”

Tickets are $6 per person. Children 10-and-under will be admitted free of charge. DVDs will be available at the premiere, and digital downloads and the DVDs will be available online Nov. 1.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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