The time period was the basketball season of 1991-92. Winter had hit hard and fast. On a clear and frigid night, the Trigg County Lady Wildcats set out on a trip to Union County to play the Bravettes or Lady Braves or whatever they called their selves. You must realize that there is actually not a good way to get to Union County from Cadiz. The route that I chose was Cadiz to Eddyville to Fredonia to Marion to Morganfield. That listing doesn’t even begin to include all the little hamlets along the way.
Aboard our fine, big yellow school bus on that seemingly artic night were the following folks – yours truly was the head coach. Rick Larson was the assistant coach who was also serving as bus driver. On this particular night, fate would have it that radioman Tom Rogers was a passenger on the bus, as well. Some of the Lady Wildcat players aboard the bus were seniors Beverly Bush and Simone Whipple and juniors Kelly Prince and Wendy Synder. Other team members were Trenita Hancock, Leslie Wilson, Latora Boyd, Kim Davis, Michelle Noel, Elisha Carter, and freshman sensations Christina Ezell, Joy Hopson, Tatum McNichols and Karen Grubbs. The bus was also stocked with a full compliment of cheerleaders..
There was much excitement as we boarded the bus to travel to Union County. Not about the long trip, mind you, but about the game to come. You see, after a few consecutive seasons of winning Lady Wildcat basketball, that was the season we were supposed to slide backward. The prevailing thought was such simply because of all the good players that had graduated the previous few years. We had lost the likes of Marni Quist, Janay McGill, Stephanie Humphries, Christy Samsil, Kim Mitchell and others. To everyone’s surprise, we started the season 5-0. We were headed to Union County looking to maintain our perfect record and get an unprecedented sixth straight victory.
The bus ride to the game was rather uneventful. Long, time consuming, cold, but mostly uneventful. Except for one thing. That one thing that made the trip different was the bus that we took. Assistant Coach Rick Larson was driving the newest bus in Trigg County’s fleet of yellow submarines. It also just happened to be the first “Snub Nosed” bus we had ever had. If I may explain please. The front of the bus stopped with the front windshield. There was basically no front end to the bus. This made for a different driving experience. The fact that the bus was “Snub Nosed” would play a big part in the events that were to unfold later that night. I mean much later.
Tune in next week. Same time, same channel. We will play Union County and begin our fateful memorable journey back to Cadiz.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.