Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A shot at history

Several weeks before the high school basketball season began, I was talking to Canon-McMillan boys coaches Rick Bell along the sidelines of a Big Macs football game. The conversation eventually turned toward his basketball team and their prospects for the season.

The always enthusastic Bell offered a somewhat subdued assessment.

"We have the chance to be a pretty good team," he said.

Bell went on to tell me how the team won a fall tournament in Morgantown, W.Va.

"I'm not sure what that means but I'm coming into the year cautiously optimistic," Bell added.

Fast forward several months and Bell and the Big Macs are on the verge of making history.

If Canon-McMilan (8-2, 15-6) can beat Upper St. Clair at home Wednesday and Peters Township on the road Friday, it will fare no worse than section co-champs. Canon-McMillan boys basketball has won just one section title. It came in 1973.

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