The City of Staunton Beams With Lee Pride

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

Cory Shepherd and eight of his friends drove all the way to Richmond, but they say it was worth the ride.

"We were just going crazy. Every time they would score, we were jumping up and down screaming," says Shepherd.

Thousands of fans, including many alumni, filled the Seigal Center in Richmond to see the fighting Lee-men bring home the state championship. Kevin Smith graduated from Lee in 1979 and says the city of Staunton is filled with pride.

"They have had a long tradition of being a great basketball team. I'm honored for them for winning the state title," says Smith.

"It's a big accomplishment for the team. They lost one game in the season. They're just following past history. I think everybody is proud of the fighting Lee-men and Coach Hatcher," says John Dod.

School officials will have an assembly sometime this week, honoring all the players and their fans. And, players will also get championship rings. The pride is also being felt next door at McSwain Elementary. The kids made a congratulations poster for all the players.

The team will be honored by the School Board and the City Council at their next meeting. School officials say championship T-shirts will arrive soon and will go on sale in the next couple weeks.


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