Basketball title would be DCHS’ first

Published 5:59 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PLANTERSVILLE — The Dallas County Hornets have heard a lot this week about all of the history they can make with two more wins.

The school has never won a state basketball championship and had not made the state final four in over two decades, so the Hornets’ recent success has excited a lot of people.

“We have one in softball, we have won it in football, we have won it in baseball back in the 1970’s so this would be the first in basketball,” Dallas County High School principal Michael Blair said. “This would be like bringing it all home.”

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Dallas County head basketball coach Willie Moore, who is in search of his first state championship after over 20 years of coaching, knows that a championship in basketball would mean a lot in Plantersville.

“I want to be able to win a championship in basketball at Dallas County High School because I understand how important it is for our community to win,” Hornets head coach Willie Moore said.

Moore said Dallas County is the only AHSAA school in the county that has not won a state title. He’s hoping his team can change that this week.

The school has had success in other sports.

In 1990, the football team won the state title and in the 1970’s the baseball team won a championship. The last state championship won by the school was won by the 2011 softball team.

If the basketball team is able to bring the school its first basketball title, Blair said it will open up some eyes.

“We are so far out here that sometimes it is hard to get kids here,” Blair said.

“Everybody wants to be part of a winning program. If you win it, you never know who might come.”

This is not Dallas County’s first trip to the state semifinals.

The Hornets have made the final four twice since 1971.

In Dallas County’s last state semifinal game in 1990, the Hornets lost to East Limestone.