PDCCC alumnus recalls old victory

Published 8:22 am Friday, January 21, 2011

Paul D. Camp Community College Basketball Coach Chris Smith, left, stands with his 1981 state championship team members, Ricky Hargrave, Theoplis Stokes, Terrell Faulk Sr., James Wiggins, Todd Hampton and Randolph Hoskie. -- SUBMITTED

Terrell Faulk Sr. of Suffolk stopped by The Tidewater News on Tuesday looking for articles from when Paul D. Camp Community College’s men’s basketball team took the state title in 1981.

Faulk played for the team, whose home courts were at Franklin High School, the Armory and the former Hayden High School.

The team was 10-2 for the season and went 3-0 at the Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament at Rappahannock Community College to qualify for the state tourney.

At the state tournament for the Virginia Community College System, PDCCC defeated New River 133-56, J. Sergeant Reynolds 108-67 and Piedmont 111-103 for the title.

Faulk remembers PDCCC being down by 16 at the half and outscoring Piedmont by 25 points in the second half for the win.

“It was great,” he said. “Everybody thought we were going to get beat.”

Faulk scored 23 points in the first state playoff game, 12 in the second and 28 in the finale.

He didn’t play basketball while attending Forest Glen High School in Suffolk, but got into it during a three-year stint with the Army. Then Faulk enrolled at PDCCC.

• Leah-Beth Williams and her husband, Ralph, of Courtland had good reason to participate in last fall’s Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in Suffolk.

Two years ago, Ralph Williams was diagnosed with the disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation; every 70 seconds someone develops the disease.

Ralph Williams was only 54 when he was diagnosed.

“It’s just an awful disease with no cure,” said Leah-Beth Williams, a member services representative with Bronco Federal Credit Union. “We need to find some way to cure it and slow it down.”

Ralph Williams went to the doctor after he had difficulty remembering things, including telling time and what date it was.

“It was basic things,” his wife said. “It’s just horrible to watch a family member go through that. They can linger on and on.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers support groups, including one that meets locally. For information, contact Mary Catherine Dziedziak at 1-800-272-3900.

• Ten residents from East Pavilion nursing home went to Franklin Bowling Center last week for lunch and a game of bowling.

Those attending were Kenny Beale, Tommy Whitehead, Lucy Lawson, Carol Lowe, Hazel Drewry, Michael Serigidies, Lilly Belle Faison, Curtis Worrell, Leona Harrell and Martha Blythe.

For one game, Tommy won with Carol coming in second and Lilly Belle taking third. In another game, Hazel won with Lucy and Curtis taking second and third, respectively.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is gwen.albers@tidewaternews.com.