It’s November, and that means one thing for local schools… basketball.
Unless the school is East Wilkes. With East Wilkes looking to advance to the fourth round of the 1AA State Playoffs in football, basketball is on standby until further notice. While Elkin, Forbush and Starmount already have their first varsity matches either lined up, or already complete, the Cardinals are playing the waiting game, as there are plenty of players on the basketball team making a remarkable run on the gridiron.
It’s been great for the school to see the football program make school history, and it seems like the success is solely beneficial to the program. It’s given Head Coach Brad Davis time to work with some non-football players, and raised the morale of the whole school.
“Winning breeds winning, and confidence breeds confidence, and ultimately I think our basketball program will have the opportunity to be very competitive,” Davis said.
It’s been a long time since the East Wilkes basketball program had a solid season, last winning the conference championship in 1999. Back then, Y2K was a cause for concern, and songs like Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca” and Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” dominated the Billboard charts.
Times have changed, and perhaps change is coming for the basketball program, which seems like it could very strong this year.
“[Noting the basketball team] those guys play very important roles on the team, and they have a winning mentality. They want to put in the preparation and hard work it takes to have the opportunity to win at the end of the game. I definitely think we’re in a better situation this year than we were last year, which is what you want,” Davis said.
The team plays in a Coaches vs. Cancer shootout game game Saturday at UNC Asheville at 11:30 a.m. as part of fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The boys team will continue to wait until the end of the football season, however, per Athletic Director Justin Call, the games on Dec. 1 vs. Atkins will now be a single girl’s varsity only game beginning at 6 p.m. at East Wilkes.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.