It was a sweet victory that these young men will be bragging about for years. Trailing by as much as 18 points in the first half, the Lower Richland High School boys basketball team came from behind to win the 4A State Basketball Championship on March 4 at the Colonial Life Arena. The Diamond Hornets, who won their last championship title in 1999, defeated Wren High School 51-42.
Head basketball coach Caleb Gaither is very excited about what the win means for his players and the Hopkins community, since the school has gone 18 years without a state championship. He says the toughness of his young players during that game really impressed him. “Early on we were down 24 to 6, and the biggest thing for me was the resiliency of our kids. That 24 to 6 could scare a lot of people, but our guys continued to battle regarding of what the score was.”
Richland One extends its congratulations to these outstanding student athletes, Coach Gaither and his staff, athletics director Debbie Wardlaw and Principal Rose Pelzer.
The district is also proud of the W.J. Keenan High School boys basketball team, the runner-up in Saturday’s Class 2A championship game against Burke High School.
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