Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted November 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Enjoy some turkey, family time, then throw up the rock

The holiday season is always a busy time of the year, and you couple that with the start of the high school basketball season, and things really get hopping around here.

But, anyway, that time of year is here and the next week or so is going to be big – and hectic.

Of course Thursday, we start the day in front of the TV, waiting for the official start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Then comes the road trip to the family feast, more TV – this time football, and of course a nap. During the weekend we work in some more football, a little college basketball here and there and hopefully some rest and a few walks to get rid of all of that food we’ve taken in between Thursday and Sunday with the leftovers.

Finally, on Monday we return to work and school and with the arrival of Monday, so comes the start of the season high school basketball fans have been pining for since last March when Bowling Green outlasted Cooper to win the 2017 KHSAA Sweet 16 – whether or not they are allowed to keep it is yet to be seen, but BGHS should be considered to be one of the North Carolina’s of the KHSAA, so I’d say the Purples don’t have to worry about that banner.

For the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs, the 2017-18 hardwood campaign begins on the road with a short trip up U.S. 127 to the home of the Casey County Rebels.

Girls tip is slated at 5:30.

On Friday night, both teams again hit the floor for our first home double-header of the season when we play host to 4th Region opponent Franklin – Simpson.

The Lady Wildcats will put a team on the floor that has four seniors and a junior returning to a squad that didn’t lose a single player to the 2017 graduation.

The Lady Bulldogs, after losing five key players last year, are certainly in a rebuilding mode but don’t count this group out at all – there is still plenty of experience on the floor and the younger players from last year’s squad put plenty of minutes in and should be set to quickly come to the front and give a lot of teams plenty to dread this season.

The Bulldogs will be facing a Wildcat team that, like Clinton County, ended its season last year in the semi-final round of the 4th Region tournament, and like Clinton County, will be beginning the year on a serious rebuilding note after a big graduation year.

The Wildcats lost 41 of its points from the 2016-17 season in three graduating seniors, Tavin Lovin, Trey Radcliffe and Dakota Thomas.

With both the Wildcats and Dawgs in rebuilding mode and both hoping to build – again – into being known as a 4th Region powerhouse before February rolls around – this should be a great start to the season.

Big Blue Preview included this week

With the start of this 2017-18 basketball season, we at the Clinton County News are once again very proud to present our annual Big Blue Preview.

Hopefully our readers and fans will enjoy and get plenty of insight from the articles and player profiles that this year’s special section provides, in addition to raising your excitement level about the upcoming season as well.

Enjoy – and kudos – if you think they are deserved – go to Brett Gibson for photo and editorial work, Amanda Sharpe for advertising layout.

Throw up the rock, and remember…

I’ll see you in the gym – don’t bother me until April!