Cobbs tourney tips off Wednesday

Published 5:14 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2022

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AHOSKIE – The second annual Doug Cobbs Scholarship Basketball Tournament tips off Wednesday.

Even after hanging up his coach’s whistle, Doug Cobbs continued to serve Ridgecroft School as a teacher until his retirement in 2021. File Photo by Holly Taylor

Cobbs taught and coached for 30 years at Ridgecroft School before retiring the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year.

Other than Ridgecroft, other schools participating in the varsity girls and boys tournament are Halifax Academy, Northeast Academy, Lawrence Academy, Pungo Christian Academy, Albemarle School, and Southampton Academy. Games will be played at Ridgecroft and Lawrence on Wednesday and Thursday. The championship games on Friday will be held at Ridgecroft. See below for the complete schedule of games.

Lawrence Academy swept three of the four championships (jv girls, jv boys, and varsity girls) in last year’s inaugural Cobbs Tournament. Ridgecroft captured the varsity boys championship.

Each participating school (at the varsity level) is eligible to nominate seniors on their basketball rosters for an opportunity to earn one of the college scholarships that will presented on Friday night. A committee will interview all scholarship applicants on Thursday and select the winners.

All tournament sponsorship money and donations of any size will benefit scholarships awarded at the tournament. Ridgecroft School holds these funds and disburses scholarship money. Donations of any size are also welcome and encouraged. Make checks payable to Ridgecroft School and mail to 420 NC Highway 11, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

Cobbs was born in Richmond, Va. and attended John Marshall High School. He played multiple sports during his high school career, a theme he would carry throughout his professional career.

He attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education. After 14 years as a teacher and coach of multiple sports at Fredrick Military Academy, he moved to Ridgecroft School where he spent the next 30 years as a teacher, coach, and Athletic Director.

During his tenure at Ridgecroft, he taught Health, P.E., and History. He coached soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, and softball.

He served the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) on the Board of Directors/Board of Managers for 25 years. He was a part of the growth of the NCISAA into three divisions, the inclusion of 7th graders in varsity sports, and was the Sport Chair for Softball as it transitioned from slow pitch to fast pitch.

Coach Cobbs has always put the kids first and has always been a voice for the 1A schools.

In 2015, the NCISAA honored Doug Cobbs and his career by naming its Distinguished Service Award on his behalf.

Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 30

JV Girls: Pungo vs. Halifax

4 pm at Lawrence gym


JV Boys: Ridgecroft vs. Southampton

4:30 pm at Ridgecroft gym


JV Boys: Lawrence vs. Halifax

5 pm at Lawrence gym


Varsity Girls: Northeast vs. Southampton

5:30 pm at Ridgecroft gym


Varsity Girls: Pungo vs. Albemarle

6 pm at Lawrence gym


Varsity Boys: Northeast vs. Southampton

7 pm at Ridgecroft gym


Varsity Boys: Lawrence vs. Halifax

7:30 pm at Lawrence gym

Thursday, Dec. 1

JV Girls: Ridgecroft vs. Northeast

4 pm at Ridgecroft gym


JV Girls: Lawrence vs. Pungo/Halifax winner

4 pm at Lawrence gym


JV Boys: Northeast vs. Ridgecroft/Southampton winner

5 pm at Ridgecroft gym


JV Boys: Pungo vs. Lawrence/Halifax winner

5 pm at Lawrence gym


Varsity Girls: Ridgecroft vs. Northeast/Southampton winner

6 pm at Ridgecroft gym


Varsity Girls: Lawrence vs. Pungo/Albemarle winner

6 pm at Lawrence gym


Varsity Boys: Ridgecroft vs. Northeast/Southampton winner

7:30 pm at Ridgecroft gym


Varsity Boys: Pungo vs. Lawrence/Halifax winner

7:30 pm at Lawrence gym

Friday, Dec. 2

All games at Ridgecroft

4 pm – JV Girls Championship

5 pm – JV Boys Championship

6 pm – Varsity Girls Championship

7:30 pm – Varsity Boys Championship

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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