Thursday, March 24, 2005

Party honors state champions

By CLAUDE VINSON
Sports Editor

The repeating Holly High Hawks were feted with a block party at the Multi-Purpose Building on Memphis Street last Thursday evening by Mayor Andre’ DeBerry.

The state championship celebration was kicked off with a barbecue which was sponsored by the mayor. Team members, coaches and family were invited.

Following the food, the Hawks’ loyal supporters and fans were able to meet and congratulate the team which had captured back-to- back crowns in the 3A classification in the Mississippi basketball world.

The mayor was quick to point out that the event was to pay homage to the young men and their mentors who had again brought so much attention to the city and community. He also recognized the vast numbers of fans who made the trek down “The Big Road” to “The Big House” in Jackson to witness the stellar achievement on March 11.

A smattering of local dignitaries was on hand which included Kenny Dickerson, sheriff of Marshall County, and Patricia Selman, the chief of the Holly Springs Police Department. Each said a few words in gratitude to the team and coaches who had so ably represented the city, county and community.

When head coach Naylond Hayes was called to the mike he introduced his assistants and statisticians. He also singled out the team’s departing seniors, DeUntral “Duke” Mosley, Justin Nabors, Kenny Dawkins and Charles Johnson, and the indubitable contributions which each had made to the successful season.

The coach also lamented the fact that “Dream Game II” did not become a reality.

The crowd immediately started a chant of a “three-peat.” Coach Hayes said that with the crop of young players on the team and the returning Clevin Hannah and Brandon Ayers that such a feat was a distinct possibility.


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