By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times
There’s not much more Luke Bailey can do to prove he’s been a bonafide athlete during his prep career at Fairview High.
The senior standout is an All-State quarterback on the football field, one of the Aggies’ go-to pitchers on the diamond and, as of Monday, the latest Purple and Gold player to reach 1,000 career points on the basketball court.
Just six shy of quadruple digits heading into Fairview’s regular season finale against Vinemont, Bailey went ahead and scored 18 points to reach the magic number in a 54-39 win.
He was nearly perfect at the free-throw (5 of 6) and 3-point lines (3 of 4) and almost picked up a double-double with eight rebounds to go along with three steals and two assists.
“He’s a one-of-a-kind. He’s productive in every sport,” Aggie basketball coach Greg Boatright said. “That’s what sets him apart from most athletes.
“He’s talented, and the best thing about him is he has a good attitude and he wants to win. Those are the two things I like the most, though I won’t complain about the talent.”
Blake Parker, Bailey’s teammate, is sitting at 954 career points after dropping a game-high 20 on Monday. The senior, who has been in and out of the lineup since the county tournament dealing with medical issues, also made all six of his attempts from the charity stripe and had five rebounds.
Peter Kessler barely missed on double figures with nine points. Hunter Brewer contributed three points, while Tyler Yearwood and Chance Hill each scored two. Elijah Garrison was held scoreless but pitched in six rebounds.
Logan Wallace’s 13 points were tops for the Eagles. Lance Stanley and Duncan Hopper posted six points apiece, Blake Jones and Jacob Smith both tallied four, Riley Foust accounted for three, Zack Drake was good for two and Garrett Sipe had one.
Wallace was also credited with seven rebounds.
The victory couldn’t have come at a better time for Fairview (20-9), which lost a trio of tough games to Cold Springs, Holly Pond and West Point last week after securing the county championship. The Aggies, who won a coin toss to earn hosting rights for the Class 4A, Area 13 Tournament, will get the postseason going on Friday at 7:30 p.m. versus St. Clair County.
“Maybe we can get on track. We better by Friday night,” Boatright said. “That determines what happens next. Of course we want to advance and continue to play.”
Third-seeded Vinemont will face county-rival Hanceville in the 3A, Area 13 Tournament in Danville at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.