Wims family still getting wins for Cougars basketball

Edwin Wims, Sr. is watching two of his kids star at his Alma mater

Wims family name holding strong

CALHOUN COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Basketball is buzzing in Calhoun County.

The boys team is undefeated, 21-0 and the girls have just 2 losses on the season.

There’s on name that connects both teams, and it’s a name that takes fans out in Edison way back.

In Calhoun County, the name Edwin Wims comes with glowing superlatives.

“A lot of people used to tell me about how great he was," said Edwin Wims, Jr. "They even come up to me and tell me probably was the best player to ever play at Calhoun County.”

Those are large shoes for “EJ” to fill.

This season he and younger sister Maya both play on the same court where their father earned his name.

Just like pops, each has played varsity since their freshman years, each crediting that back to his training.

“Him working with me a lot, and people always talking about how great he was. I just always wanted to be like him,” said Calhoun County sophomore guard Maya Wims.

It wasn't always that way though.

“She was pretty lazy, and she really didn’t want to work,” EJ reminded jokingly. “She used to always get crying or something like that and be like 'I need to go in the house.”

“They say, ‘daddy why you make us do this’, and I say you’ll realize it. It’ll pay off in the long run,” reflected Wims, Sr.

Wims Sr. led the cougars to a state runners-up in 1988. EJ has won 95 games and made the final four twice.

However, both Edwins agree that the sophomore Maya is the one to watch out for.

“I know she’ll get a scholarship, and that’ll be a free ride. I won’t have to come out of my pocket,” said Wims, Sr.

It's the same gift Edwin gave to his parent when he played college ball.

There’s no names on the back of Calhoun County jerseys, but the siblings each found another way to represent, and that’s by wearing his iconic number 22.

“When I walk in the gym, it makes me feel good to see my kids wear my number,” said Wims, Sr.

What’s in a name? To the Wims family, which includes their loving mother Alice and two siblings Destini, Adrinna, it means everything.

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