|By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR|
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
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
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
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
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 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
Thanks guys and God bless.