On Saturday, November 7, South Cobb High School opened up its auditorium to Cobb County high school basketball teams and the media. This is the second consecutive year for this event, and nearly every Cobb high school was represented, including Marietta. Unfortunately, highly-ranked Kell was not able to attend.
Various media outlets—including Prep Sports Nation, OST247, and SUVtv—were on hand to interview the players and coaches about the upcoming season. Each team was given 20 minutes on the stage to discuss their goals and strategies for 2020-21.
Founder of the event and South Cobb boys’ coach, Greg Moultrie was pleased with the turnout. “I started this my third year at South Cobb,” he said, “and it went on hiatus for a few years, but we brought it back last year with great success.”
COVID concerns were on every coach and player’s mind, and each promised they would do the best they could this season, while putting safety first. With many larger districts around the state beginning to return to classroom learning, social-distancing and minimal exposure practices will become more difficult throughout the fall and winter months.
Each team mentioned challenges they would need to overcome, but overall they were optimistic and ready to get started. Coach Moultrie was enthusiastic about the challenges his team would face this year, with the new 9-team all-district region (6-6A) that came with the 2019 reclassification.
“Adding Wheeler and Kell has made the region a little tougher,” Coach Moultrie said. “No disrespect to the previous region, but we’re looking forward to the competition. It’s all in-county, so there’s a lot of bragging rights at stake.”
South Cobb Athletic Director Amanda Pittman was encouraged by the turnout. “I think it went great,” she said. “We had a few more schools turn out than we did last year. It was great to see all the Cobb schools represented and we are glad to include to Marietta City this year as well. We are looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Games begin as early as the week before Thanksgiving, which means basketball season will be here before you know it. Get ready for some exciting and competitive games just around the corner right here in Cobb County. Mark your calendars now…