If you were to peruse a map of eastern North Carolina and southern Virginia, highlighting places of interest or places visited, chances are very high that Jay Bell has been there.
Emporia and Gaston, check-check.
Warrenton, Courtland, Crowells Crossroads and the like, all checked, and for the sole purpose of broadcasting prep athletic events.
As in, been-there, did-the-live-stream-with-great-professionalism, let’s-do-it-again-soon.
Which is exactly the spirit that will take Bell and his Big Sports TV brigade to Washington High School on Saturday, to deliver in wall-to-wall fashion the inaugural 252/919 Winter Classic.
“We’re just looking forward to being a part of it,” Bell said of the 6-game basketball docket, which will be called through the 1 p.m. session by Big Sports personality Duriel Smith. “This is the first time we’re gonna be focused strictly on streaming, and the subscription … to see if we can really deliver what we want.”
Henderson Collegiate and Heritage are slated to kick off the fun at 11:30 a.m., followed by Hertford County-Cleveland at 1 p.m., West Carteret-Trinity Academy at 2:30 p.m., Washington-Wayne Prep at 4 p.m., Greenfield-Apex Friendship at 5:30 p.m. and Farmville Central-Millbrook at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $15.
Those who would prefer to watch online, however, can do so by visiting bigsportstv.com and clicking the “purchase access” button on the site’s home page — single-view pricing is $9.99, while all-tournament credentials are available from $39.99.
The deadline for online confirmation is 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Chamblee’s big night fuels Rams
AHOSKIE — Sophomore Sawyer Chamblee scored a game-high 25 points on Thursday to propel Ridgecroft past Halifax Academy, 71-42, in a duel of non-conference teams.
The Rams now stand 10-0 this season.
Chamblee’s performance, which included five three-pointers, as many rebounds and four assists, was complemented by senior Caleb Porter, who finished with 19 points and 20 boards.
Tyler Cotten paced the Halifax assembly with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Ridgecroft returned to the floor on Friday versus Terra Ceia, while Halifax (5-6) travels to Faith Christian on Tuesday.
Trojans topple visiting Eagles
CROWELLS CROSSROADS — Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy stifled Tar Roanoke 1A guest Warren County on Wednesday by a 56-43 margin.
The Trojans (3-5, 2-3 TRAC) travel to Wilson Prep next Tuesday, while Warren County (1-12, 1-6 TRAC) is idle until Friday.
Tigers outlast Vikings
LITTLETON — Wilson Prep earned a 72-66 victory on Wednesday over Tar Roanoke 1A host Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy.
The Tigers now stand 7-3 overall this season, and 4-1 in league play ahead of Tuesday’s home date with Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy.
Northwest (4-6, 3-2 TRAC) returns to the office on Monday as the host of Nash Central.
Tigers earn landslide triumph
LITTLETON — Audrey Teasley scored a game-high 24 points on Wednesday to helm Wilson Prep’s 90-11 victory over Tar Roanoke 1A host Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy.
The Tigers (8-0, 5-0 TRAC) host Southeast Collegiate on Tuesday, while NCTA (0-7, 0-5 TRAC) entertains Nash Central on Monday.
Trojans win, stay perfect in league play
CROWELLS CROSSROADS — Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy remained unblemished in Tar Roanoke 1A play on Wednesday, courtesy of its 59-47 victory over Warren County.
Aniya Hechstall paved the way for SCPA’s triumph, scoring 19 points to pair with 10 rebounds, four assists and seven steals — a line supported by De’Naija Bryant, who finished with 18 points, 10 boards, four assists and two steals.
Sophomore Kemorriya Evans rounded out the win by contributing 13 points and 10 rebounds — her third double-double of the season.
The Trojans (7-2, 5-0 TRAC) return to the office on Tuesday at Wilson Prep, while Warren County (5-5, 4-3 TRAC) is on ice until a Friday showdown with Northwest Collegiate.
Tuesday Men’s Basketball
Ward, Pride roll Jaguars
GASTON — Chicale Ward scored 19 points on Tuesday to lead KIPP ENC past Tar Roanoke 1A guest Rocky Mount Prep, 82-58.
The Pride now stands 8-0 overall this season, and 5-0 in league play.
Khyelle Ingram also played well for the hosts, netting 16 points, while Tre’ Hardie finished with 12 points.
KIPP returns to action on Tuesday versus North Edgecombe, while RMP (0-4, 0-4 TRAC) doesn’t return to work until Jan. 18.
Jaguars prosper on the road
GASTON — Rocky Mount Prep turned back KIPP ENC on Tuesday, 58-38, in a tussle of Tar Roanoke 1A outfits.
RMP (1-3, 1-3 TRAC) is idle until Friday, when it travels to face Southeast Collegiate, while KIPP (0-6, 0-5 TRAC) — which got 20 points from senior guard Kenya Squire — won’t see the floor again until a Jan. 18 trip to Warren County.