Basketball has been the sport of choice for Echols
County citizens since the 1930's. Many of the schools in the county had basketball
teams. They would meet on an afternoon to test their skills against each other.
following is an excerpt from the Clinch County News, February 12, 1932:
"In a very
exciting basketball game played at Statenville Wednesday, Haylow won by a score of 10 to
7. The game was tied until the last quarter."
In 1932, when the first gym was built, the Statenville
players and Sardis players called themselves the Panthers. People in
the county furnished the lumber for the new gym. The large wood building was referred to as "the
The Shell, circa 1932