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SPMS honors their eighth graders

Rich Fairman:

Sports Reporter

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On Jan. 16, Stuart Pepper Middle School honored their eighth grade Greenwave boys’ basketball team, and cheerleaders, prior to their final home game of the season. The departing eighth graders, who move on to play at the high school level next year, were escorted by family members to center court, where each player was presented with a gift. The evening started by first recognizing the cheerleaders:

Gabby Barnard, daughter of Nicole Barnard. Gabby’s favorite memory is listening to music on the bus rides on the way to competitions.

Dani Compton, daughter of Paul and Chrystal Compton. Dani’s favorite memory is dancing to music at competitions while waiting for them to announce the winners.

Honeylet Gonzales, daughter of Mark and Regima Rhodes. Honeylet’s favorite memory is listening to music on the bus rides on the way to competitions.

Elizabeth Maldonado, daughter of Jose and Kim Maldonado. Elizabeth’s favorite memory is singing and having dance parties on the bus rides on the way to competitions.

Aliah Stewart, daughter of Shawn and Samantha Stewart. Aliah’s favorite memory was in the seventh grade when all the girls were crying while singing “Party in the USA” (our theme song) on the bus ride to the last competition.

Keara Witt, daughter of Jeramy and Jodi Witt. Keara’s favorite memory is every moment while cheering with this wonderful group of girls who she is thankful to have as teammates.

Next came the Team Videographer and statistician:

Vann Littrel and Jordan Stull, both wold like to thank the coaches for giving them the opportunity to help the team this season. Their favorite memory was taking a Christmas trip to the movies and then to Culver’s.

Then the Players:

Peyton Johston, son of John and Ramona Johnston. Peyton would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him in everything he does, as well as his Mamaw and Papaw for coming to all his games. His favorite memory was when they beat their rival Breck County at home.

Zeke Alexander, son of Leigh Ann Lusk and Travis Alexander. Zeke would like to thank his parents for getting his to practice, games, and for all their support. His favorite memories were the bus rides with Ryan.

Sam Benham, son of Jason and Mindy Benham. Sam would like to thank Coach Johnston for encouraging him to try out for the sixth-grade travel team. His favorite memory is being in the locker room with the team.

Elliott Biddle, son of Amy Biddle and Jeff Sipes. Elliott would like to thank his dad for helping him improve. His favorite memory was his first bus trip to his first game.

Ryan Dycus, son of Bill and Lisa Dycus. Ryan would like to thank his mom and dad for all their support and going to all his games. His favorite memories are the pre-game locker room and the bus rides to away games.