|By Gaylen Duskey|
In the 80 years it has been a high school Calhoun County has had many a storied basketball player or basketball team.
There were greats to wear the Red and White … folks like Phil D’Orazio, Dyer Frame, Tim Davis and current Red Devils star Marcus Davis.
And there have been some great teams too. But there has not been a trip to the state tournament … and very few LKC championships.
Today the LKC will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the Night of Champions blowout at Parkersburg High School.
There will be two games –
the championship and consolation games – and contests such as the Top Gun competition and awards such as the Scholar-Athlete Award.
It will be a big affair but Calhoun County won’t be playing for the LKC title. It will, however, face Parkersburg Catholic in the consolation (third
place) game starting at 5:40 p.m. and it will be the Red Devils chance to shine in the big city.
Calhoun is 13-5 going into the game and head coach Tim Davis would like nothing better than to be 14-5 coming out of it.
“I’d rather be playing for the title,” Davis said, “but we’re not. This isn’t bad and we’d like to win it.”
Last year Calhoun played in the third place game and was bombed by Ravenswood. This year Ravenswood is playing Gilmer County for the
Calhoun will be led by senior Marcus Davis (Tim’s son) the leading scorer in the LKC. The younger Davis is within 36 points of his father’s
all-time Calhoun scoring record of 1,807 points.
The Red Devils will also start Jake Perkins (the leading rebounder in the LKC), Tristan Harris, Zach Houchin and Mike Batten. Chris Sampson,
Ryan ‘Goob’ Fitzwater, Derek Roberts, Shawn Hillegas, Tommy Gerwig and Chad Conley will support them.
Gerwig and Fitzwater will represent Calhoun in the Top Gun contest while Houchin will be honored as the Student-Athlete.
Calhoun will return to action Tuesday night at home with Herbert Hoover. The Red Devils play again on Thursday as Richwood invades then
close out the regular season Saturday at home to Wahama.