Laney celebrates its state championship

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Throughout the championship run, Laney boys basketball coach Jerry Hunter kept telling his team the time to celebrate hadn’t yet come.

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Laney High School students cheer during a celebration of the basketball team's state championship.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Laney High School students cheer during a celebration of the basketball team's state championship.

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Now that it finally has, there’s been almost nonstop excitement.

Laney celebrated its state title Wednesday with a pep rally in the new gym with students, faculty and alumni as music played, people danced and the basketball team shared its excitement with those present.

“It was a beautiful celebration,” Hunter said.

The theme of the event was celebrating the journey, and the Wildcats arrived at the rally in their home white uniforms, even going through typical pregame drills as the fans watched and cheered.

Though it was a team title, the Wildcats shared the glory with students by inviting the varsity girls basketball team down to the court and calling down the school’s senior class for a picture with the championship team. Members of the basketball team also individually gave roses to cheerleaders.

But everyone was in for a surprise when Hunter brought a phone up to his ear and acted like he was having a conversation with the coach of Manchester — the team Laney beat in the Class AA final in Macon on Saturday.

Hunter had a fake conversation with the “coach,” finally completing the act after the Wildcats agreed to a rematch.

As the doors opened, Laney teachers jogged to the court, ready to play as the Blue Devils. The sight drew big cheers and laughter from the players and students.

“All the hard work has paid off,” senior Daniel Harris said. “It means a lot to me.”

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jbfj 03/14/12 - 08:35 pm
Not trying to put a downer on

Not trying to put a downer on this, but I don't think the Manchester coach or team would have ridiculed Laney at a celebration such as this, this should have been all about Laney's first championship, not a rematch, act like you've been there and appreciate the moment, it's not as easy as it appears. I'm sure Manchester didn't celebrate this way when they won their championship. Go Wildcats...

showboat 03/15/12 - 09:23 am
Have some pride coach, what a

Have some pride coach, what a cheap shot at Manchester. This is what happen when you don't know how to appreciate the win. why take a shot the other team?

Riverman1 03/15/12 - 09:26 am
Nobody from Manchester heard

Nobody from Manchester heard the Coach's little joke. For goodness sakes, the boys won a state championship. Let them celebrate. Y'all get onboard. Congrats to Laney.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/15/12 - 09:35 am
I'm assuming that the Laney

I'm assuming that the Laney coach was trash talking Manchester on this phone joke. Shows pettiness and lack of class. Of course, I must confess that Manchester is my former home town. Do you know who else on this forum has ties to Manchester? KSL. That's right. At the little get together at the restaurant a few months ago I learned that her husband did a civil engineering job at Manchester High School.

Go Blue Devils!

CryoCyberTronics 03/15/12 - 01:39 pm
Great new gym, but still not

Great new gym, but still not better than ARC's gym. What up with all the new gyms bing built in Richmond County? In this case new is not better ARC's old gym is still the standard in which new gyms should be built upon. In ten years tax payer will be ask to pay for a new gym or to have them enlarged. In plaing new porjects rot our schools RCBE should build for today needs with the firer growth in mind. Just a suggestion I.m.o.a. & Graz Wildcat you accomplished what many have set out to achive. A few ands some have come close, but only you were able to achive the out right championship. Now new plan for the future began...!!!

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