Ricky Adams has been running the scoreboard at West Iredell High School for 42 years and has no plans to stop anytime soon.
Adams started when he was a high school student at West Iredell and the rest is history.
“[I] started I guess my sophomore year of high school… and I got my bus license the first spring of 1976 and fall I started driving the football team my sophomore year… and times I started to run the clock for the JV football team and eventually just moved on in and started running it for the varsity football team,” Adams said.
In addition to running the clock for the football teams at West Iredell, he also does it for the basketball teams.
Adams has been committed to the West Iredell athletic program even when he was not running the clock.
“Mid-80s when they started requiring schools to have an athletic trainer and I stepped away from the clock at football and for two years I served as the athletic trainer,” Adams said. “And one cold rainy November night I am standing down on the side of the football field and I am thinking what am I doing standing out here in the rain when I could be sitting up in the press box running the clock.”
“And the next year I went back up to the press box to run the clock,” Adams joked.
Even though Adams from time to time jokes about not working the scoreboard any more – he and his family knows that is false.
“I joke with my family that this may be my last year… but of course we all know… as sure as the sun comes up if I am able to I will be running the clock,” Adams said. “Right now I do not see stopping anytime soon.”
Throughout the years of change within the administration at West Iredell, Adams jokes by going to ask if he still has a job running the clock.
Adams has in the past even run the clock for the South Iredell Young Athletic Association.
Running the clock for Adams has even become a family affair.
“I had two daughters… and my youngest daughter after they put the play clock in affect in high school… she used to help me for like three or four years now… with the game clock,” Adams said.
Adams’ dedication to the West Iredell athletics programs show with his attendance rate.
The last time he missed a game was for a basketball game on Dec. 17, 2013 which was for his daughter’s wedding.
But he still made an appearance that night.
“I missed the JV game and I made it to the varsity game,” Adams said.
Throughout the years, Adams has made many memories that last with him throughout his time of running the clock.
“I have met a lot of outstanding young men and ladies through the years and some have went on and been successful… just being able to be a part of their high school years,” Adams said.