Broadcasting duo to call their 350th game together
Play-by-play announcer Carroll Ashburn (left) and basketball analyst Demetrius Means will broadcast their 350th game Thursday, Jan. 30 at Northumberland High School.
***NOTE: Carroll Ashburn and Demetrius Means’ 350th broadcasted game together has been rescheduled from Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Lancaster High School to Thursday, Jan. 30 at Northumberland High School when the Lady Indians host the Essex Lady Trojans, beginning with JV at 6 p.m. and varsity following afterward.***
They called the plays when Jimmie Jett won his 200th career game as head coach of the Northumberland County boys’ varsity basketball team.
They shed tears when Lancaster finally won their first boys’ state basketball championship in 2012.
And in less than a week, Carroll Ashburn and Demetrius Means, the sports broadcasting duo for Kilmarnock-based WKWI Radio, will reach another milestone—their 350th game together at Northumberland High School.
Means, whose childhood dream was to be a sports announcer, and Ashburn, who started broadcasting for WKWI Radio in 1975, called their first game together on Dec. 16, 1996 when the Northumberland Indians, led by Jett, defeated West Point 69-64.
Ashburn recalled thinking at first how his pairing with Means would never work out.
“When you live in the Northern Neck, you’re either a ‘come-here’ or a ‘from-here,’ and I’m a from-here and Demetrius is a come-here. We pronounce Lancaster County “Lan-ca-ster” and…of course he says Lan-CAS-ter,” said Ashburn. “When they first matched me up with him, I told [Tom Davis], I said, ‘Tom, this isn’t going to work. This guy can’t even pronounce the county correctly!’
“But of course as it turned out, it…
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