Thursday, April 3, 2008
Byers celebrates state crown
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byers Lady Lions, crowned thrice for the just finished season, had another day of recognition on March 29 at their school.
The festive day was capped with a pep rally in the Lions’ den, the place where the state champs pleased their fans for the most part of the season.
Prior to the pep rally there was the super impressive “Walk of Fame.” The players were paraded down the corridors of the elementary and middle schools where their younger fans were aligned to pay homage. The individual classrooms had picked names (by lottery), of all the players and honored them with door decorations and gifts.
The entourage, joined by coaches Jason Thompson and Sylvester Kilgore, beamed at the chanting of the players’ names and slapped high fives with hundreds of students. The reigning and cacophonous chant was “Rachel, Rachel, Rachel.” Rachel Jones, the super-aggressive guard of the Lady Lions, had been the main cog in the Byers’ winning machine.
Head coach Jason Thompson had been chosen “Coach of the Year” and Jones, Simone Ryan and Ciarra Seldon were selected to the All Region 1-2A. Jones was selected to the First Team All Area.
The team, also holding regional and north half crowns, had been feted to a dinner at the Rendezvous, compliments of the manager. They were also given a luncheon at the school cafeteria on Friday.
The superintendent and assistant, Don Randolph and R.C. Anderson, joined the luncheon and the pep rally and lauded the coaches and players for their many and stellar accomplishments for the season.
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