WHS 2013 has LHS feel of '95
In 1995, Lebanon's boys won their first region basketball championship in 26 seasons playing on their home floor.
The old Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court [which didn't have those names, yet] may have been a neutral site for most of the teams in the Region 4-AAA tournament that year. But Lincoln County and its relatively few supporters must have felt under siege by the Blue Devil blitz.
The venerable court was rocking and rolling even more three nights later when the Blue Devils put up 100 points in destroying Bradley Central in what was then called the substate to return to the State Tournament for the first time in 10 seasons. Fans flooded the court while Paul Weir transitioned from scoreboard operator to DJ by playing the jock jam tunes in vogue in the mid-'90s.
I was reminded of those scenes two nights ago when the Watertown community released decades of frustration as their Purple Tigers took home their first region title – ever.
Don't know how many people were at both venues other than myself. But one was Purple Tiger assistant coach Leon Love, who was a senior Blue Devil guard 18 years ago.
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