CALHOUN SEEKS BRAVE NEW FRONTIER - Red Devils Have Never Been To State Tournament

(03/11/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

realfang@citlink.net

Calhoun High School was opened in 1923. It started playing basketball at that time. Since then many things have happened to the school. It burned in 1943.

It was replaced by a new facility at Mount Zion, leaving the friendly confines of Grantsville about five years ago. It has seen many thousands of graduates and its alumni stretches from coast to coast.

But in all the years Calhoun High School has been in existence there is one thing it has never seen – a trip to the state basketball tournament.

The beat, as Sonny and Cher say, goes on. And on. And on. And on. Eight decades of going on.

Calhoun has an opportunity to end that long, long, long streak tonight when it tangles with Oak Hill for the Region IV championship in a game scheduled for Nicholas County High School in Summersville. Game time is 7 p.m. and seating at the gymnasium is limited.

Last year Calhoun was in a similar situation facing Oak Hill for the championship and the right to advance to the West Virginia State Class AA Tournament the following week at the Charleston Civic Center.

But Oak Hill rallied in the second half to knock off Calhoun in a battle of the Red Devils.

Tonight could be the final game in a Calhoun uniform for a talented senior crew that features the school’s all-time scoring leader, Marcus Davis, and the all-time assist leader, Zach Houchin.

Those two will start tonight along with juniors Jake Perkins, Tristan Harris and Mike Batten.

The Red Devils will also play seniors Chris Sampson, Shawn Hillegas, Ryan ‘Goob’ Fitzwater and Derek Roberts and sophomores Tom Gerwig and Chad Conley off the bench.

The winner of tonight’s game will play in the first game of the state tournament Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. against the winner of the Ravenswood-Winfield game.


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