By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 9, 2019 | 3:34 p.m.
SURRY – Surry County High School and the entire community have plenty of reasons to hold their heads high as their high school’s boys basketball team was able to overtake Eastside High en route to a VHSL Class 1 Basketball State Championship, while the girls basketball team gave a valiant effort but were ultimately defeated by Parry McCluer High in their Class 1 Girls Basketball Championship match-up.
Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Seigel Center served as the host for Saturday’s championship games where the boys basketball team faced off against Eastside, who came into the state tournament following strong performances against Auburn, the Region C Champion and J. I. Burton High, the Region D Champion.
Coming off strong runs of their own over the past few weeks, including a narrow victory over Riverheads High School followed by a thrilling performance against Rappahannock during the semifinals, Eastside High was unable to stop the momentum of Surry County High School’s boys basketball team, with the Cougars earning a 57-48 victory and the title of VHSL Champion.
Surry High School’s girls basketball team faced off against their opponents earlier in the day, Parry McCluer High out of Buena Vista. The Fighting Blues rode a similar wave of energy into the state finals Saturday, coming in as the Region C Champion and earning victories over Patrick Henry out of Glade Spring and the Region D Champion Honaker High before matching up against the Lady Cougars out of Surry.
While Surry’s squad gave a strong effort during much of the final, the Fighting Blues were able to edge out the Lady Cougars 58-45 on their way to their third straight VHSL state basketball championship.
A complete report from the games, along with words from the coaches and others will be featured in the next edition of The Sussex-Surry Dispatch and online