Four Wise Central seniors ended their playing careers the only way they knew how Saturday. As state champions.
“If you asked someone at the beginning of the year if Eastside was going back to the state championship, they would’ve said probably not. These kids won 26 games this year. We’re not upset and we’re not going to hang our heads.”
Robin Dotson’s Central girls and Patrick Damron’s Eastside boys are in the Virginia state capital Saturday in search of VHSL basketball championships at Virginia Commonwealth’s Siegel Center.
Zac Ervin’s high school basketball career ended a game earlier than he wanted it to, but the NCAA Division I signee is reaping the rewards of a solid season.
Jumping ahead early and staying out front the rest of the way, Eastside defeated J.I. Burton 69-54 on Tuesday in the VHSL Class 1 semifinals, earning a second straight trip to the state championship.
If you’re a Southwest Virginia basketball fan, you probably already know this in advance of Tuesday’s VHSL Class 2 and Class 1 semifinal games but, just in case, a piece of advice: Show up early.
The Virginia-Wise men’s and women’s basketball teams head to West Virginia this week for Mountain East tournament action after exceeding expectations — at least those of league coaches.
Virginia-Wise lost Saturday’s game against Concord but backed into the Mountain East Conference men’s basketball tournament anyway.
Wise Central, which has won two straight VHSL Class 2 girls basketball championships and four of the past five, started strong and never let its foot off the gas Friday.
J.I. Burton earned its first trip to the state semifinals since 2013 with Friday’s 46-36 victory over George Wythe in the VHSL Class 1 quarterfinals at the Virginia-Wise Prior Convocation Center.