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34-Year Veteran Calls the Shots at Tournament

Eddie Ashley coaches baseball, but every year he exercises his vocal cords at the basketball State Championships.

Eddie manned the microphone for 34 years letting fans know how many times a team has fouled and other game tidbits.   The guy made a living coaching and teaching. He fell into this side job that rolls around every spring.

"They needed a substitute so I came down and substituted that year.  Back then, we'd do a game, sit a game, do a game and I never missed since then," he recalled.

His perfect attendance as announcer has made him a mainstay, a familiar face and voice courtside.

Edward Dyson is the tournament director this year. "Eddie is an unusual person. I don't think just anyone could do what he does," Dyson said.

Dyson says the Georgia High School Association really appreciates Eddie's track record. He says when the emotions run high on the court fans know they'll always get a clear explanation from the desk.

"He brings a tremendous talent and clarity for anyone who enters this building," Dyson said. "I think folks that leave here remember that."

Eddie says it's his enthusiasm for the game that keeps him going. And who knows, he may call the shots for the next two or three generations on the court. "Yea, I guess I could do it until 99 then retire," he said with a grin.

After the tournament, Eddie will head to his day job coaching baseball at Weaver Middle School. He's retired once after stints at Northeast and Southwest High School but he says he just couldn't stay away from sports. />