North Carolina-Person County-September 7

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-September 7

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Person County was established in 1792 from Caswell County, and the county seat is Roxboro. After the Civil War, the newly constructed Norfolk and Western Railroad opened Person to the rest of the state and nation and its communities soon became homes to sizable and important manufacturers.

Person County depicted below outlined in red.


Within a state that has produced several national college basketball teams, Person County is the place in which, interestingly, the lowest scoring basketball game in the state’s history.

An interesting basketball event occurred in Person County when Person Senior High School and Hillside High played on February 3, 1977. According to the Courier-Times, Person High Rockets lost 2-0 to Hillside; only one basket was made in the entire contest.

The first shot of the game was made by Hillside’s Leon McRae, and in the remaining thirty minutes of play, not a single shot had went through the rim. The Rockets took seven shots while Hillside made one of five, and the game became the lowest scoring basketball match ever in North Carolina’s sport’s records. However, the game did not beat the national record because in 1930 Georgetown beat Homer 1 to 0 in an Illinois state high school tournament.

From the small world department-Leon McRae went on to play college basketball with a great friend of mine UNC Pembroke Women’s Basketball Coach John Haskins and  University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari at UNC Wilmington.

John #33 at free throw line and #11 John Calipari from a UNCW game back in late 1970’s.

Haskins and Calipari

Photo below is John Haskins on left and 1978-79 UNCW Basketball Coach Mel Gibson.

John Haskins Mel Gibson

1978-79 UNC Wilmington Roster is below:

1978 UNCW Men's Basketball Roster


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