EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the first in a series of articles highlighting this year's inductees to the CEC Wall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held Dec. 21 at about 7:15 p.m. between the school's annual alumni basketball games. A reception will follow:
When Chris arrived at CEC in 1980-81, he was already an outstanding basketball player.
He became a starter in his first season with the Cougars and one of the top scorers and rebounders on Cobequid's 1981 NSSAF provincial championship team.
Chris was a natural scorer and in 1981-82 he scored 1,053 points. He averaged more than 25 points per game, a record which still stands today. Making the feat even more impressive is Ross accomplished the feat before the addition of the three-point line.
Chris was also a n outstanding track and field athlete and held two provincial javelin records for more than 20 years. He also won a silver medal in javelin at the National Legion Age-Class Championships in 1981 and that same year, at age 15, he was a member of the province's Canada Games track and field team, which was open to athletes under 23.
In 1982-83, Chris was the male athlete of the year at CEC.
From 1984 to 1989 Chris played varsity basketball for the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. He was the team's rookie of the year in 1984 when the team won the CIAU regional championship in Lethbridge, Alta., and advanced to the final four at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Chris was a starter in all four seasons with the X-Men and was the team's MVP in 1988. Chris was named a first team AUS all-star.
When Chris graduated in 1988, he was sixth on the X-Men all-time scorers list.
After graduation, Chris played senior basketball for 10 years, helping his teams to win several provincial titles.
He has continued to give back to the sport by serving as a referee for the past 22 years. He's officiated at several national tournaments, including the gold-medal game at the CCAA championship in Quebec in 2008.
Chris was recently elected to a third two-year term as president of the Nova Scotia Basketball Officials.
Chris has returned to St. F.X. for two weeks each summer for the past 25 years to help coach at the X Basketball Camp. He also coached the Truro Panthers to a 98-16 record from 2008 to 2011.
Undoubtedly the greatest scorer to ever play for the Cougars, Chris has left his mark on the sport of basketball in Nova Scotia.