Chris fired the ball back over his head and then waited. He didn't turn around to look. He watched for the reaction of his fellow eighth-graders who were seated in the top rows of the bleachers. It seemed like an eternity. The ball, rotating slowly, descended quietly. Then, to the absolute delight and shock of the entire crowd, it went...phhffiiittt!
Nothing but net.
"Everybody went crazy!" said Steve Brown, who is now the assistant superintendent of the Sheridan school system. "People just couldn't believe it. They threw programs and popcorn on the floor, and screamed and clapped and laughed and cheered for a long time."
"Chris never turned around," said Whitworth. "He was watching for his buddies' reaction, and then when they exploded he did one of those low hand-pumps with his fist like the kids do these days. It was a sight to see. Courtney was the first one on the court to hug him."
The story was on the front page of The Sheridan Headlight, and the videotape was sent to Little Rock, where it ended up being shown on the 10 o'clock sports report.
Chris Robinson was famous. He was the kid who had made "that shot."
Over the summer, when Chris walked the fairways as he played golf, he sometimes recalled the "shot heard 'round the town." Chris has been looking forward to basketball this season.