Williams to honor Tommy Cole’s coaching career

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Former Williams basketball coach Tommy Cole will be honored with a presentation Wednesday night at the school’s gym when the Bulldogs take on River Mill.

Cole, who retired prior to this season, spent more than 40 years as high school basketball coach. At one point, he coached the boys’ and girls’ teams at the same time.

He racked up 787-387 career record. He’ll be presented with a 787 game jersey.

The school is inviting all former players, managers and assistant coaches to attend and join Cole on the court during the presentation.

The presentation will take place at halftime of the boys’ game, which is slated for 6:30 p.m. A junior varsity game is set for 5:00 p.m. There’s no girls’ game that night.

Cole, who remains boys’ golf coach for the Bulldogs, spent four seasons as boys’ coach at Graham before heading to Williams, his alma mater.

Duo to play in football showcase
Senior football players Justin Dykes of Southern Alamance and Tyron Squires of Southeast Alamance will participate for North Carolina’s entry in what’s called Battle of the Borders.

The event, conducted by a recruiting service, includes four games involving players from eight states February 4 at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. The North Carolina team meets the South Carolina team.

Dykes had announced he would attend St. Andrews, an NAIA team in Laurinburg, but since decommitted.