ST. PAUL, Minn. — Age is just a number to the High Country Mountaineers.
The 60-plus team of six players and one coach traveled to the National Senior Games held in St. Paul, Minnesota July 12-15.
Ashe County resident John Spagnolo, father of former ASU player and soon-to-be professional player, Tommy Spagnolo, joined Greg Reck, Ray Karaus, Will Warlick, Kinney Baughman and Kenn Williamson to form the team.
The tournament began with pool play that featured 15 teams. The High Country Mountaineers finished 2-2 in their pool and advanced to the championship tournament.
In the first round, the Mountaineers beat the Huntsville Bama Boys by a 49-39 score. In the second round, another team from North Carolina, the Double Nickels, escaped with a 56-53 win to put the Mountaineers in the consolation bracket.
The Mountaineers pounded the BTW Sharks from Ohio by a 72-57 score and followed that up with a 45-40 win over the Virginia Warriors.
In the team’s next game, the Texas Ball Hawgs took down the Mountaineers, 48-28.
Overall, the High Country team went 5-4.
The Arkansas Travelers, a team the Mountaineers had to contend with in pool play as well, finished a perfect 9-0 with a team that featured three former college players and even an NBA player, Rudy White, that saw five seasons of action with the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Seattle Supersonics.
Next up for the High Country Mountaineers will be the North Carolina Senior Games this October in Greenville.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87