Both teams advanced to the state finals
A lot of people may say that there isn't a whole lot going on in Pamlico County.
It's ultra-rural, the way most of its residents prefer it to be.
However, one thing that does go on down in "The County" is basketball.
In just the past five years, the varsity boys basketball team at Pamlico County High School is a combined 91-44 and this year made it all the way to the 1A state title game before losing to Winston-Salem Prep.
Over the same five-year span, the girls program is a combined 127-19, with now back-to-back state runner-up plaques in the trophy case.
This past Saturday was a special day for "The County" even though it lost both state title games.
One thing that can be counted on by both boys' head coach Earl Sadler and girls' coach April Rose is community support.
Both coaches will mention the word family within several questions or minutes into talking to them.
It isn't something they just say either, it's part of their culture.
While Pamlico County is competitive and good in other sports too, basketball, has sparked its "The County" brand.
In those previous five years of being very good, neither the boys nor girls program has produced a Division-I basketball signee.
But, as records and accomplishments prove, being good goes much deeper than that.
One trademark is that both teams play the game tough and hard.
To go into Bayboro and get a win against either team, the opposing coach and players will have to earn/take it.
While players and coaches were all hurting Saturday after coming up just short of every high school team's ultimate goal of a state title, all should also reflect on where they have taken the program.
With March 26th marking my sixth year of covering sports in Craven/Pamlico County, I've seen and noticed the growth of Pamlico County basketball up close and personal.
The school always has welcoming fans, approachable coaches and players and just an overall feel of a strong community.
So be proud of yourselves guys and girls, you're a big part of a small place.
Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at email@example.com