“The Gene Lowe Game”

The Gene Lowe 12th Region Junior All-Star Game

Pulaski County, Kentucky
June 17, 2003

2003 by Ron Harrison

Tribute to Gene Lowe

Tonight’s game is being held in memory of Gene Lowe, a great friend to 12th Region basketball and its family.  Gene Lowe supported basketball in the 12th Region for over 40 years as a referee, an avid fan, and a sporting goods businessman.  He officiated high school basketball from 1958-1974 and called several Regional Final games.

Gene Lowe knew everyone and everyone knew Gene Lowe.  Gene Lowe liked everyone and everyone liked Gene Lowe.  Gene Lowe was the kind of man who, on your worst day, could talk to you for five minutes and everything would be OK. 

Gene Lowe helped advance the careers of many, many coaches because he was always, always saying something good about someone.  Gene Lowe was a father figure to the coaching fraternity and he will forever be remembered for his love of the game of basketball.

Following the tribute, the Lowe family was asked to come forward and accept a presentation from the 12th Region Boys Basketball Association.

Honorary North Coach:

Jack Upchurch

Honorary South Coach:

Wade Upchurch

Honorary Ball Boys:

Zack Smith


Eric Wright


Chase Smith

Honorary Referees:

Jeff Singleton (Stanford)


Keith Morgan (London)


Jimmy Dyehouse (Crab Orchard)

Honorary Cheerleader Coach North:

Ann Upchurch


Jenny Upchurch

Honorary Cheerleader Coach South:

Panesia Humble

Honorary Cheerleaders:

Lisa Smith


Lisa Wright


Lisa Naylor


Sherrie Tucker


Gerrye Lynn Randall


Lynn Burkett



Contest Winners

Dunk Contest – Ben Carter (Danville)

Three Point Contest – Coy Lucas (Garrard County)


The Gene Lowe 12th Region Junior All-Star Game

South  99    North  82




















Green 16, Cross 8, Frost 10, Thompson 4, Megargel 2, Givens 19, Bristin 12, McClure 0, Martin 8.




Carter 7, Dunn 6, Bartelson 0, Vonckx 0, Jones 9, Bottom 8, Harris 9, Lucas 10, Lavell 11, Vest 8, Wadkins 7, Norman 4, Hart 12.  

Coaches - South (Shawn Thacker) and North (Craig Pippen)



This tribute was sent to me by a gentleman who prefers to remain anonymous and requested that I post it on my site.  A man is said to be measured by his friends and how he touches the lives of others.  Hopefully this will bring comfort to the many who loved Mr. Lowe.


Please send your comments and questions to Ron Harrison at prephoops@yahoo.com.

Ron Harrison’s reports on this and other basketball events appear on https://www.angelfire.com/ky/prephoops.