Martin County has had its share of negative press over the last decade, namely their clean water woes that have not only been a major concern by legislators, but have became the brunt of jokes across the state — including opposing fan sections.
But in 2019 — the ship began to right. A brand new, state-of-the-art school opened its doors and the name Sheldon Clark High School was abandoned for a new beginning: Martin County High School, they would be, and remain the Cardinals (#CardsForLife)
Their programs seemed to flourish; Thanks to Coach Josh Muncy, football was competitive again. Under Coaches Harless and Hinkle, Volleyball had its winningest season in history. Boys Soccer had its first collegiate signee… and the list goes on.
The school’s girls basketball program suffered great loss in the death of both Head Basketball Coach Tim Rice and assistant Pam Maynard — but a familiar face came along to pick up those pieces bit by bit; Hall of Fame legend Robin (Harmon) Newsome took the helm and led her team to a District Title — for Pammy, she says, and in honor of her friend Coach Rice.
The Coup de Grâce this season was the utter dominance Martin County showed over the ever-tough 57th District. In the 15th Region tournament their goal was to handle it game by game and simply win the day. After a hard fought final victory, tonight they bring home the community’s first region basketball championship since 1983.
Martin County 16 16 16 17 – 65
Lawrence County 11 12 14 24 – 61
Trey James 17 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks
Brady Dingess 14 points, Braxton Maynard 14 points, Jordan Dalton 10 points 7 rebounds
Brady Dingess: 15th Region Tournament MVP
Cody Maynard 18 points, Trenton Adkins 16 points, Tyler Maynard 13 points
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Stiles-May