NEWBERRY — Championship rings were presented to the Newberry High School varsity basketball team players, coaches, staff and school personnel last Thursday in the school’s auditorium.
Newberry ended its season 25-4 with a victory over Lake Marion High to claim the AA state title.
Newberry County School District Superintendent Bennie Bennett congratulated and thanked the team for his championship ring.
“I never won one as a player, coach or principal,” he said, “but I have now won one as a superintendent.”
Assistant coaches Adonis Hill and Mike Hughes thanked the players as well as their parents.
Hill and Hughes both agreed that the 14 players that comprised this year’s team were even better people off the court than they were athletes on the court.
After thanking the nearly two dozen businesses that donated between $100 and $300 to help defray the cost of the championship rings, head coach and athletic director Chad Cary spoke briefly on every player’s contributions during the season and how the senior class can always say how special it was to make it to the state championship game three consecutive years.
S.C. House Rep. Walt McLeod presented the team with a resolution last month in front of his constituents. The team was also recognized in front of the State Senate by Sen. Ronnie Cromer.
Also during the evening, a video featuring photos and news reports from throughout the season was shown.
Everyone in attendance also had a chance to bid on two autographed basketballs, including the actual ball from the championship game. One person also won a championship ring that will have Number One Fan inscribed on it instead of the person’s last name.