This basketball season taught me a lot. The season brought our team closer together, and we created a bond that will never be broken. With me being only a sophomore on this team, it is unbelievable. I've played along with East's all-time leading scorer, Chris Burnell, the human highlight, Sha'Den Clanton and Sincere Parker who has broken many records, including the most points scored in a single season.
All year we had one plan: to not only go to state, but win the state championship. Every day we made sacrifices to get better. We pushed each other to go hard in every practice. We have an amazing coaching staff; Roy Sackmaster is a great coach, and he always made sure we were OK with anything. Although we wanted to come back with a first place trophy, we earned a fourth place trophy.
The state experience was phenomenal and crazy. It's a long process, and everything has to be at a certain time. Despite the fact that we fell short of our goal, I'm grateful to have my teammates as my brothers. They push me to be the best player I can be. It is not over. It's only the beginning.
Next year we will be back in the same position, but we will have a state championship. Returning players are Sincere Parker, Pashens Harris, Elijah Dixon, Jaedyn Brannon-Davis, Josh Crawford and of course, me, Biggie Luster. I'm glad to be a part of history. All the record breaking was outstanding and glorious, but the most important part is we are all we've got, and that means everything.
Thank you to all the fans who supported us and stayed loyal this historic year. We brought the whole city together. It means a lot that everybody came together and supported us.
Rockford Public Schools will celebrate the eighth annual Champions Ball and Athletic Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.
A limited number of bricks will be in a pile outside the construction fence, first come first served.
The Illinois Report Card this year includes student progress year over year, in addition to details about
student proficiency in each subject matter.
Congratulations to the following high school seniors!
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