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Voice of the basketball Knights - Jerry Reynolds

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

Since 1987, Jerry Reynolds has announced boys basketball games at Marion County High School. During the past 26 seasons, Reynolds has seen a lot of basketball and two teams he remembers the most during his tenure.
"The 1992 and 1993 teams stand out in my mind because they went to state," he said. "In 1992, we went to the state for the first time in school history, and in 1993, we won the state championship. It just doesn't get any better than that."
Reynolds also has done some announcing for the Lady Knights basketball team.  For around five seasons he also called girls games until the girls and boys games were played as doubleheaders on the same night. The girls team would usually play first, and Reynolds noted that he could not make it to the early games because of his daily job, so he was forced to stop calling the girls games.
After the previous announcer left for another job out of state, the position became open. Reynolds was president of the booster club at the time, and current coach Tim Davis asked Reynolds if he would take the job and he agreed. Now, 26 seasons later, Reynolds remains behind the microphone.  
"I have enjoyed every team," Reynolds said. "They are all special to me especially when we do well and go to district and region. That is special to me."
Announcing at the games allows Reynolds to be involved with the youth in the county.
"I have always told my wife, that I wouldn't know any of these young people if I didn't do this," he said. "I hope to continue to do this for a few more years."
In close games, Reynolds understands that the crowd can be a very influential factor.
"I try to get the fans involved in the game," he said. "If we are in a tight game, the fans can really help the home team."
A favorite memory that Reynolds has over his announcing career is when the boys basketball team made history.
"My favorite memory is doing the announcing for the regional championship game in 1992, when we made it to state for the first time in school history," he said.
Over the years that Reynolds has been announcing, he has seen several changes to the boys basketball program.
"The boys' basketball program has gotten better with more young men getting involved in the program," Reynolds said. "We now practice more and play in the summer. Now the boys basketball team has become a year round program."
Reynolds does not just call the games for the Knights. He also keeps the book for the team while announcing.
After announcing games for the length of time that Reynolds has, you would think that people would recognize him as the voice of the Knights.
"Parents usually know who is calling their sons name at the game, but the average fan probably doesn't care," Reynolds said.
As far as comparisons to the other three featured voices at Marion County High School, Reynolds has an interesting perspective.
"The other three voices of Marion County High School sports are very good," he said. "I would hope I could be half as good. I may not be the best voice, but I try to do my best. These are not the easiest of jobs to do. Go Knights."