Reunion

Tuscola announces 30th reunion for boys hoop team

Outstanding 1986-87 team will be honored at halftime of boys game on Friday, Jan. 7
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jan 01, 2017
Photo by: File The 1986-87 Tuscola High School boys basketball team.

In 1986-87, Rick Wood was the head coach of one of the best Tuscola boys basketball programs in school history.
Wood wants to get his boys back together after 30 long years and announced the 1986-87 boys basketball team 30th reunion will be held in conjunction with the home basketball game against East Henderson on Friday, Jan. 7.
“The true measure of a team doesn’t come until 20 to 30 years later when you see what the players make of their lives,” said Wood, who had coached for 40 years and has a 662-338 record. “This group is very, very successful.”
The former Tuscola standouts will be honored at halftime of the boys’ game.
The 1986-87 Mountaineers finished 24-3 overall, were the Mountain Athletic Conference regular season champion with an 11-1 record, won the MAC Tournament and also won the Golden Eagle Holiday Tournament.  
The season ended with a 52-50 overtime loss to West Charlotte in the second round of the Class 4-A Sectionals.
Three seniors on the squad went on to play at the next level as George Henson played at Winthrop College, Keith Clarke went to Belmont-Abbey before transferring to Lenoir-Rhyne College and Neil Rogers played at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
There were several juniors on that team that went on to the next level as Gregg McConnell  played football at Duke, Mike Conard played one season at Montreat College and the late Ryan Reece played football at WCU.
Wood retired in 2006 at West Henderson. At the time, he was the winningest active high school boys coach in the state.

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