Small crowds problem for prep basketball

3:24 am | December 13, 2012

Inside Bayless Gymnasium Tuesday night, I was taken back to my childhood days as a 7-year old. Joined by my two-year old grandson Evan at court-side during the junior varsity contest, I was there covering Hampton and Happy Valley.

It reminded me of 1966, when dad fired up the old Chevolet Be-lair and shuttled us off to Hampton to watch what was being billed as “The Game.”

Little did I know that 46 years later I would recall that night. Yet I don’t remember a whole lot about what went on between Hampton and Happy Valley.

I do remember the two little fiery head coaches name Buck VanHuss and Charlie Bayless that graced the sideline because I thought they were very animated. And I knew most of the Hampton players because my cousin Bud Winters was a standout guard on that team.

Elizabethton Star back open navigation

Switch to our desktop site