By Tim Chambers
The name Mac McClung might not ring a bell to Longhorns fans, but they’ll definitely remember him if they come out to Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Friday. High school basketball kicks off play with three games on tap at JCHS.
The Longhorns will battle Science Hill at 5:30 and will play David Crockett at 8:30. Sandwiched in between those games is the main event.
Gate City, led by McClung, a two-time All-State player, will square off with Science Hill at 7 pm. The 6’2” point guard signed with Georgetown back in October who is coached by Hall of Fame player Patrick Ewing.
McClung had over 40 Division 1 scholarship offers before deciding with the Hoyas. He had earlier committed to Rutgers.
Last year McClung scored a school record 64 points against Dan Rivers in the 2-A Region semifinals. He was 13-of-13 from the foul line and swished seven treys in a 96-84 win.
It should be fun to watch who the talented Toppers defend the senior sharpshooter and Gate City’s high powered offense.
The Longhorns will try and get several football players back in basketball game shape this week. Bud Icenhour, Nathan Arnold, Jordan Edes-King, Zach Eller and Troy Arnold are expected to be key players for head coach Austin Atwood.
They’ll join Blake Atwood, Sean Lewis and Gavin Reece against the Toppers and always tough Crockett team.
Saturday’s games will start at 5:00 with Crockett and Ashe County doing battle. Johnson County will close out play against Daniel Boone at 6:30.
Tolley era begins at David Crockett
The Lady Longhorns will begin play under new head coach Leon Tolley at David Crockett with games set for 5:00 and 6:30.
They were set to play at home on Saturday, but that’s up in the air due to a team dropping out.
Tolley will be assisted by former Hampton assistant, Garry Smith, and last year’s middle school head coach, Kechia Eller.
Fans are urged to come out and support both teams.
The Junior High team will host Happy Valley on Thursday night with four games on tap starting at 4 pm. They’ll travel to University High on Monday and to Ashe County on Tuesday.
The eighth grade boys are currently undefeated after three games.
NOTE: The first home game for boys and girls will take place on Tuesday, November 21 against Cloudland.