OUR 15 MINUTES OF FAME - The Enduring Treasure

(03/18/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

realfang@citlink.net

In 1968 pop artist Andy Warhol wrote “in the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.”

This week the Calhoun County basketball team had its 15 minutes of fame and we, by our association as fans and followers of the basketball team, did too.

And for the 15 minutes we thank you.

But in days or weeks that 15 minutes will fade and this basketball team left us something far more heartwarming and lingering. It left us memories of what never has been but now is and will continue to be.

When the basketball team advanced to the state tournament this week it ended an 81-year drought.

Eighty-one years of what has never been … came to an end.

We are no longer a team that has never been to the “big dance” called the state tournament.

Calhoun bowed out of the big dance in the first game. It lost to Winfield 68-50.

It would have been nice to stay around longer, but that wasn’t to be.

The brevity of the visit, however, does not matter. What does matter is that we were there – finally.

Following the game I took the opportunity to walk up to where the Calhoun players were standing and said “thanks … you made an old fogy happy.” I don’t know if they heard me. I don’t know if they knew what I was talking about.

What I was saying was thank you for giving me the joy of going to the state tournament and actually having a dog in the fight. I have covered umpteen high school basketball tournaments in my life but this is the first one where I actually had a rooting interest other than knowing the coaches or players of a certain team.

This time it was MY high school. I was proud … I am proud … I will be proud for many years to come. This team gave me that.

After the game Calhoun County coach Tim Davis said something to the effect that maybe he had better teams that did not get to the tournament.

Maybe he did.

Maybe some of the teams of the late Joe Virden were better. But none of them ever got to Charleston.

Members of the team went on and on about how much they appreciated the support of the fans … how important it was to them.

Guys, you may never know how important what you did for us and how much we appreciate it.

Thanks guys and God bless.


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