State Champs! Nelson County team makes history
In a dramatic end to an incredible season, the Nelson County boys basketball team made history by becoming the first team in school history to win a state championship this weekend. Winning by just three points, the Nelson County governors beat out Surry County 50-47 in Richmond on Saturday to take home the Group A, Division 1 state trophy.
The game marked the completion of a what head coach Brandon Garrett describes as an incredible turn-around. Coming from a losing record of 9-12 the year before, Garrett, in only his second year coaching the Governors, helped lead the team to a 30-1 season.
Garrett says it's hard to describe his team's reaction to their win in Richmond. "A hum-drum word like excitement just couldn't touch it," he says. As for his own personal reaction, he says "it is finally starting to sink in."
With five seniors graduating, three of whom are in talks with college coaches, Garrett says this season will be "hard to repeat." But he says the team has a deep bench and a good JV program to rely on.
Nelson County high school is the only high school in the county, a rural and sparsely-populated community that lies directly south of Albemarle County.