I have had the opportunity to cover all three of Havelock’s most recent state football championships. The success the Rams have had on the field — just one loss in three seasons — ranks among the best that has ever been seen in North Carolina high school football.
So, what’s a Ram fan to do when there’s no football? How about take in a basketball game.
Havelock’s boys basketball team is enjoying its most successful season in two decades, but many may not realize it.
During football season, crowds filled stadiums across the eastern part of the state. Whether at Havelock, West Carteret, in the rain at White Oak or in Raleigh for the state championship game, fans flocked to watch the Rams play football.
However, on Friday at Havelock High for the basketball game, bleachers were comparatively empty, and that is a shame.
After all, this basketball team is on the verge of a conference championship. The Rams are riding a 13-game winning streak and haven’t lost a game since the hoops-playing members of the football team stepped on the hardwood.
Against Jacksonville on Friday night, the Rams put on a performance that was worthy of any NBA team. Three-pointers flew through the air. Players drove the lane and made acrobatic moves to get to the basket. There was even a slam dunk. And, all of that occurred in the first quarter alone.
Havelock put up 37 points in that first quarter and went on to a 104-64 victory, the first time in head coach Bill Fryczynski’s 13-year coaching career at Havelock that he had a team top the century mark.
“This was just amazing,” Fryczynski said after the game.
The Rams are scheduled to host West Craven tonight in their final regular-season home game, a game that could lock up the Coastal 3A Conference championship and an undefeated league season.
“It makes me nervous,” Fryczynski said, “but I am confident in these guys.”
Next week, Havelock will host at least one game as part of the Coastal 3A Conference tournament, and in two weeks, the playoffs begin with the chance of a home playoff game depending on the final standings and seedings.
There is no way of predicting the future. The players would like nothing better than to win a state championship in basketball for the school that has found so much success on the football field.
Either way, these players deserve as much fan support as the football team. You would be wise to check out a game. After all, something special is happening on the hardwood at Havelock High. You shouldn’t want to miss it.
Ken Buday is the editor and general manager of the Havelock News. He can be reached at 444-1999 or at email@example.com.