CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- THE 100TH BOYS state high school basketball tournament concluded Saturday. With that in mind, here are some things I would like to see just one more time:
Willie Akers - The legendary Logan coach standing on a ladder after a Class AAA title game cutting down the nets.
Warren Baker - Who wouldn't want to see the former Greenbrier East star play one more time. "Wonderful" Warren and the Spartans played in three straight state tournaments from 1970-72.
1968 Charleston High Mountain Lions - Lou Romano's team won the AAA title in 1968 with Curt Price, Larry Harris, Levi Phillips, Sonny Burls, Skip Mason, Charles Rush and others. These guys were Showtime before Magic and the Lakers.
1973 and 1974 Charleston High Mountain Lions - It was Showtime II with stars such as Mike Jones, Dennis Harris, Charles "Dickie" Russell, Curt Cabell, Ameche Watson, Sam Brooks, John Britton and Lowell Harris. This team beat Parkersburg in the 1973 final and Logan in 1974.
1966 Dunbar Bulldogs - One of the greatest teams in Kanawha County history, the Bulldogs hammered Moundsville in the AAA title game in Huntington. I would love to see a young Melvin Walker play one more time.
1994 DuPont-Woodrow Wilson - Many long-time observers of the tournament say this Thursday morning quarterfinal game was the best-played game in tournament history. Who wouldn't want to see Jason Williams and Randy Moss put on that show just one more time?
Earl Jones and Russell Todd - In the 1978 Class AA title game, Jones and Mount Hope lost to Todd and Northfork. A 6-foot-11 player with guard skills, Jones was a high school phenom known across the entire country and would later be a first-round pick of the Lakers. Todd went on to a great career at WVU. That was a special matchup in the old Civic Center.
1973 Gary Coaldiggers - Led by the powerful John Billups, who went to Ole Miss, and the smooth Paul Hamilton, Gary brought pride to the tiny coalfield community by winning the AA state title over Magnolia.