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Welcome back to Phil for the Game, your glimpse into the sports communities of Boone and Lincoln counties.

First I want to say that I appreciate the kind messages I have received about this column from our readers in Lincoln County. Please, always feel free to reach me at with any information you have, sporting events or fundraisers you’d like to promote for your teams or just to say hello.

As we wind down a crazy basketball season, I just wanted to communicate what I feel will be some fun games to watch down the stretch of hoops season. I certainly hope that I can make it out to these contests. I have them marked in my calendar as “must see.”

For the No. 7 Class AAA Lincoln County boys, it gets no better than two games on the tilt. No. 10 Logan at LCHS on March 31 and LCHS at Scott on April 2.

Come on, now — these are going to be barn burners. I’ve seen each of these teams play at least twice and I think these are going to be really, really fun prep contests.

I was telling Scott Coach Shawn Ballard recently that I see his kids really gelling and communicating on the offensive end and I really like where the Skyhawks are headed. LCHS probably stands as the most experienced team in terms of established returners, which certainly gives them an advantage.

I’m sure Coach Rodney Plumley will have his boys ready to rumble.

The Class A Sherman High boys, led by Coach Aaron Pauley, will travel to Dave Gogas’ Van Bulldogs on March 31. I know Van has struggled this year, but you can throw records out the window for this annual cross-county clash.

The LCHS girls of Coach Randy Adkins will host Logan on April 7 for what should be a fun, highly contested game. I saw Logan early and again later and they are much improved. I saw the Lady Panthers drop a game versus Hurricane last week that I thought they should have won, as they were a better team. Coach Adkins will have the girls ready come sectional time.

By the time this column prints, the Scott girls of Coach Kevin Harper will have already played at Coach Terri Dawn Williams’ Lady Tide of Sherman. Guard Caraline Nelson could get her 1,000th career point in that game for Sherman.

Nelson is a returning CVN All-County performer and a fabulous scorer, and I recently sponsored her in a fundraiser for her team where she hit 91 foul shots out of 100 attempts and took my money! I was honored to participate. Thank you, Caraline.

The Van girls of Coach Sam Terry will play at Scott on April 8 for what I believe will be a highly competitive game. I have seen both teams play twice and they match up really well. Van will have to put a lid on Scott’s super-scorer Shea Miller to pull out of the Hawks Nest with that win.

ATTENTION SPRING COACHES: Either I or fellow HD Media reporter Paul Adkins will be reaching out to you for a preview story for our spring sports edition within the next couple of weeks.

Paul is an award-winning sportswriter from the Logan Banner and he’s going to be helping me out in Lincoln County beginning with spring sports moving forward.

I’ll leave you this week as I always do with a favorite sports-related quote. Be well, neighbors!

“If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot.” — Dean Smith

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

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