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Cochran Prepares to Watch Hometown Hero in NCAA Final Four

COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The countdown to the Final Four is almost over, and the City of Cochran is pumped up to watch one of their own, Carl Hall, play for the Wichita State Shockers Saturday night.

"It feels great," says Alexius Woodfaulk, Hall's cousin and a junior at Bleckley County High School.  "Most people from Cochran don't get to make it far like he has."

Kim Hanna cuts hair in Cochran, but she's got a t-shirt and graphic design business as well.   This week, she made shirts featuring Hall's likeness, and she's sold nearly 200.

"It's humbling and overwhelming at the same time," says Hanna.  "We did this in a very short period of time, and it's exciting to see my shirt with Carl on it all over Cochran."

We all know Bleckley County is usually the Royals, but for this week and this week only, a proclamation signed by Bleckley County Schools Superintendent Dr. Charlotte Pipkin says BCHS will be known as the Shockers.

Even the ladies in the BCHS cafeteria suited up in their black and gold Friday in honor of the former Bleckley High and Middle Georgia State College athlete.

"I'm just proud of Carl," says Vanessa Elvine.  "I'm glad he made it and did good for himself.  He went a long way since he graduated from high school, and I watch him on TV when he plays.  Every time he plays, I watch him."

So, if Wichita State beats Louisville and then wins the championship game, what about a permanent name change?

"Well actually, the baseball team broke it down as 'Bleckley County Shockers' at our last win," says BCHS sophomore, Caleb Wynne.  "It sounded pretty cool, actually."

Ninth-seeded Wichita State takes on No. 1 seed Louisville Saturday at 6:09 p.m. in Atlanta.  The winner takes on the Syracuse-Michigan winner in the national championship game on Monday.

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