It seems every high school basketball coach has a favorite memory or funny story from spending time with his or her team over the holidays. With school out for two weeks, teams go out of town to play in tournaments, and unique or unusual things happen.
Two years ago, the Lovett boys arrived on Long Island in New York for the Wheatley Invitational shortly before a blizzard hit the area. There was so much snow that the school system shut down county vehicle transportation for a day, forcing the tournament to alter its schedule and play second-round games on Sunday.
Lovett coach Chuck Melito had to call the GHSA to obtain special permission to play on Sunday. “Dr. [Ralph] Swearngin said he would allow us to play as long as I promised to take the team out West the next year,” Melito said with a laugh.
At the same time in 2008, the Wesleyan girls played in a Phoenix tournament and flew back home with one fewer person. Wesleyan’s scorekeeper missed the flight, which worried the rest