|By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR|
There is one big pre-season season in basketball. For the Calhoun Red Devils it was a 22-game ‘season’ and the Red Devils did quite well by
posting a 17-5 record.
But that season is over.
And the second season, a one-game season, is scheduled today at 7 p.m. when the Red Devils entertain Roane County in the Region 4,
Section 1 championship game. Roane advanced to the championship game with a 59-56 win over Clay County Tuesday night. Calhoun had a
Red Devils coach Tim Davis hopes his team has more than one more one-game season. But that can only be accomplished by winning.
“We are at the point where we have to take everyone seriously,” Davis said. “One loss and you’re out.”
Should Calhoun beat the 12-12 Raiders it would advance to the Region 4 championship game against the winner of tonight’s Oak Hill-Braxton
County game. That game will be played at Nicholas County High School.
But Calhoun will have to win to worry about that. Should the Red Devils lose all they would have to worry about is washing the uniforms and
putting away the basketballs.
That’s something Davis doesn’t want to do.
“We have never been to the state tournament,” Davis said. “It would be nice to go once.”
In the 80 years Calhoun has had a basketball team – and Calhoun has had some good basketball teams – it has never made the state
Davis’ son, senior Marcus a 6-3 forward, leads this year’s Red Devil team. The younger Davis is the leading scorer in the LKC with a 27
point-per-game average. He is also averaging nine rebounds and 3.31 assists per game.
Junior forward Jake Perkins backs him. Perkins is averaging 16.5 points and 12.9 rebounds a game.
The other starters are senior point guard Zach Houchin, who has a season-record 161 assists; junior center Tristan Harris and junior guard
Coming off the bench for Calhoun will be seniors Chris Sampson, Shawn Hillegas, Ryan ‘Goob’ Fitzwater and Derek Roberts and sophomores
Tom Gerwig and Chad Conley.