Coach Tim Davis reviews teams history
Lloyd Wright (left) of the "Three Amigos" and Robert
"Tank" Davis (right) express their thoughts about Calhoun's winning team.
By Gaylen Duskey
Calhoun County boys' basketball didn't win the state championship.
Rudy Ruettiger didn't become an All-American football player at Notre Dame.
But Ruettiger did play two plays in a game. He got to run out the tunnel and
onto the field. He got his name on the all-time Notre Dame football roster …
and they made a movie about him - "Rudy."
Calhoun County's Red Devils didn't win the state tournament, but it did get
to go to the "big dance."
Davis was just recognized as Player of the Year in the Little Kanawha
Conference, and Houchin and Perkins were selected for the alternate teams.
It excited and invigorated the people of Calhoun
County and all the alumni of the county's high school.
There has not been a
movie about the magic season when the Red Devils ended an 81-yearn drought
and finally got to the state tournament … but there could me.
The eclectic band of Red Devils offers all the possibilities of a good movie
from an all-state ace to the 4.0-point guard to the team's walking miracle.
Sunday this precedent-setting team was honored by a dinner at the Knotts
Memorial Methodist Church in Grantsville.
The grandfather of the all-state
ace, a man who struggled through life-threatening surgery on his spine and a
long recovery afterward, financed the dinner. He, too, is the thing of
Robert "Tank" Davis, the grandfather of all-state ace Marcus Davis and the
father of the team's coach, Tim Davis, sponsored the affair.
The elder Davis struggled for words to express his thoughts and feelings toward
The dinner consisted of the meal and anecdotes from the players, coaches and
The team is planning a gathering - tentatively set for April 10 - to honor
"The fans have been unbelievably loyal to us and we want to do this to honor
them and tell them thanks for supporting us," Davis said.
The team has a good appetite
The event made possible by Knott's Memorial cooks