Celebration set for basketball teams
by Paisley Boston
Mar 21, 2014 | 3673 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County’s championship basketball teams that dominated the during the 1A Championship, will be honored at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland.

National Council of Negro Women Director Keisha Johnson-Gardner said this event is to show the teams just how proud her organization is of their success.

"We are going to have a recognition rally at the courthouse. We are doing a caravan from John F. Kennedy High School, East Side High School and Shaw High School," said Johnson.

Johnson said the event is going to be filled with fun and she invites the public to attend.

Bolivar County Board of Supervisor Preston Billings said he is so happy for all of the teams.

"Members of the board and I would like to present the teams with a resolution in the near future. It is such a beautiful situation to have all of these teams from the most wonderful county," he added.

According to East Side High School player John Paul Davis he is proud to have had such a wonderful opportunity.

"It was a great experience and it was a blessing that we had the opportunity to go. Although it was kind of heart wrenching that we did not win," said Davis.

Shaw High School Coach Anthony Davis said his team worked hard for their accomplishment.

"It has been a long time coming and I think this is something that these guys deserve because they worked for it and they are well deserving of the championship," said A. Davis.

John F. Kennedy Memorial High School Principal Wanda Stringer said the Lady Hornets lifted the spirits of the community.

"I am very pleased and excited about our team's win. I feel great and marvelous and I am just honored to serve as principal for this outstanding team. I am so proud of our coaches and our young ladies. It was a long haul for them to get to the state but they persevered and they have made history for our community and our school," said Stringer.

"It is just a great day for all of us in Mound Bayou. These young ladies have managed to solidify our claim being one of America's best high schools. We are versatile with athletics and academics and this has done so much for our community," she added.

"We needed a pick me up and our young ladies gave it to us. They are dynamic. These are the same young ladies that brought us the state championship in track and field in 2012," continued Stringer.