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Gallagher column: Notes ‘n’ quotes

The statistics are in from the West Rowan-Tuscola Western final football game on Friday.
Not those stats. We know how many yards K.P. Parks ran for and how many passes Tyler Brosius completed.
I’m talking about the interesting stats ó the number of calories consumed in a 3-hour period.
Hope Jenny Craig doesn’t read this. But here goes.
West athletic director Todd Bell called in his concession sales, which seems like the only money not taken away by the NCHSAA.
West sold:
– 80 gallons of hot chocolate.
– 6 gallons of coffee.
– 580 Chick-fil-As.
– 600 hotdogs.
– 32 pizzas.
– 30 pounds of nachos.
– Seven gallons of tea.
“That sounds like the 12 days of Christmas,” Bell chuckled. “You could make a song.”

So what does the NCHSAA take?
Bell estimates between 3,000 and 3,500 tickets were sold Friday. The state takes a dollar off each ticket and then takes 25 percent of the gate receipts.
So after expenses, West and Tuscola split what was left, which came to around $6,000 for each school.
The state will take home something like $7,500.
Want more? Bell said the state received $10,000 for the first three West playoff games. That’s over $17,000 West has given up.

Bell is spending the week in Las Vegas at the National Finals Rodeo, where they have all seven events. Bell used to do a little team roping.
In his place as acting AD is basketball coach Mike Gurley, whose team still hasn’t suited up for a varsity game yet. He’s finding out the stress it takes to be an AD as he tries to reschedule all of those games his team has missed so far.

Oh yeah, basketball.
Unlike Gurley, Jason Causby gets his football players back tonight when the Hornets play host to North Rowan.
That’s undefeated North Rowan.
Look at that photo above of dapper Cav coach Kelly Everhart. That’s the look of a confident coach who has a special team. And so far, his Cavaliers have been playing as a team, showing discipline on the defensive end and waiting on the good shots offensively.
In fact, Everhart may have taken a page out of Causby’s book with his point guard, Greg Sims.
Sims has become a drive-and-dish leader this season. He has plenty of teammates who can put it in the basket.
When Causby convinced Thaddeus Williams to become a passer-defender first, Salisbury became the No. 1 team in 2A basketball.
North could do the same thing in 1A. If that happens, the person who would get the most praise is the man who runs the show: Sims.
Causby will be the first to tell you. Coaching is a lot easier from the sidelines when you have a coach on the floor.

On Sunday morning, Causby said he would try and gather his football players together that night for the first time. Several were spotted shooting hoops at the YMCA on Saturday.
Kids like John Knox, Romar Morris and Darien Rankin won’t miss a beat.

Let’s not forget that North isn’t the only unbeaten team in the county.
Salisbury’s girls were expected to be a juggernaut. And they are. But give a shout-out to Carson’s boys. That’s one of the best-shooting teams around.

But back to football.
At least two people were cheering for Newton-Conover to beat Salisbury last week: former South varsity basketball assistant Laurie Corriher and current West girls coach Erich Epps.
Can’t blame’ em. I’m told they’re both graduates of Newton-Conover.

You gotta feel for Joe Pinyan’s seniors after losing 17-10 in overtime to Newton-Conover but my goodness, that junior class is one of the best we’ve seen. The Hornets will be heavy favorites to win the CCC next year (aren’t they always?) and make a deep run in the playoffs.

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