Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted March 9, 2021 at 2:18 pm


All “A” was a proud experience

Being proud of our community came on so many different levels last week I don’t hardly know where to start.

The first has to be for our Bulldogs and the coaching and support staff that made their way to Richmond last week for the semi-final and championship rounds of the All “A” Classic State Basketball Tournament.

Our Dawgs came up just short of capturing our first ever state tournament championship title, but the style and class that they displayed throughout the entire tournament, and this entire season for that matter, was nothing short of first class all the way.

Even after suffering that Saturday morning loss, and it was clearly painful watching our young men and their coaches suffering down on the floor, they showed class and grace – applauding and congratulating a very, very good and athletic St. Henry team.

Likewise, St Henry also showed a lot of class after the game, congratulating our team on their effort and their coach making a trip to our huddle to express his appreciation for that Bulldog effort that left it all on the floor.

Next, our fans. Despite being under COVID-19 restrictions as to how many fans were even permitted to get into McBrayer Arena, Clinton County’s Big Blue Army showed up with the maximum, sold out number of fans – all 300 that was allowed.

Those 300 fans not only stood, clapped, cheered and supported our Bulldogs both days, they made more noise, when noise was called for, than anyone would have thought 300 people in a venue that size could muster up.

Finally, the entire community, for showing our team just how proud we are of them when they did get back home later that afternoon.

Complete with the police escort, the bus with players and coaches, as well as the parents vehicles and a collection of fans, were paraded around Albany and cheered on for the true champions they are.

Proud of our team and our community came on so many levels last week, but then again, that’s how a small town does it, and Albany and Clinton County does it better than most others.

Chin up Bulldogs. Heads high Bulldogs. Chest out Bulldogs. You are champions in all of our hearts. More is to come.

District Tournament is next

Again, in this strange COVID-19 stricken year, we are headed into the post-season play beginning with the 16th District Tournament that gets underway this Sunday afternoon, March 14, when the Bulldogs take on host Cumberland County at 3:00 p.m.

Our Lady Dawgs are on the floor for first round play against Metcalfe County on Wednesday, March 17, for a 6:00 p.m. start.

Because of COVID-19 crowd restrictions this year, most of the attendance will be players and staff, family and officials.

Still, you can always get in on the action by listening to Sid Scott II and Lynn Scott Starnes on WANY 100.9 FM, or by live streaming the event. Details on the live stream link can be found on the Cumberland County High School Facebook page.

The schedule, it just keeps on changing

The schedule continued to change right up until the final game this week, when Pulaski County called to say they wanted to cancel the game this Thursday night (March 11), with our Bulldogs because their district was going to begin its post-season play earlier than expected, beginning this Saturday night.

Not wanting to find a make-up game at this date, that brought the regular season play to a close for the girls with Monday night’s McCreary Central game, and Tuesday night’s Somerset Christian home games – provided the Somerset game made it with without a cancellation.

We managed to get in almost a full schedule during this COVID-19 mess, and I’ll admit, when we threw it up in January, I was expecting not to play more than 10 games before we had to shut down again.

Go Blue!

C.C.H.S. Basketball 2021

COVID revised as of 03-09-21

Date Opponent Loc. Time Teams

Mar. 15-19 16th District Tny Away TBA GV/BV

Mar. 21 4th Region Tny @ District Winners BV

Mar. 22 4th Region Tny @ WKU TBA BV

Mar. 22 4th Region Tny. @ WKU TBA BV

Mar. 24 4th Region Tny @ WKU TBA BV

Mar. 25 4th Region Tny @ District Winners GV

Mar. 26 4th Region Tny @ WKU TBA GV

Mar. 27 4th Region Tny. @ WKU TBA GV

Mar. 28 4th Region Tny @ WKU TBA GV

Big Blue apparel can still be purchased

Jessica Ndiaye at the high school tells me she still has some Big Blue apparel available for fans to purchase. A limited selection and limited sizes are available, but she needs to get it out before the year comes to an end.

Give her a call at the high school – 606-387-5569, for more details.

We’ll get through this – I think.

In the meantime – mask up,

so our seniors can get a season in!


Officially recognized

Clinton County Lady Bulldog Braylee Mann moved into the prestigious 1,000 Point Club recently during a game against Campbellsville, dropping in her 1,000th point from the free throw line. Last week, Lady Bulldog Head Coach Ansley Nelson presented Mann with a basketball to commemorate the accomplishment.

Mann becomes the 16th Lady Bulldog to reach the 1,000 point mark.