LIVINGSTON -- The Livingston Parish School Board recognized the Walker High School boys basketball team at its April 12 meeting for winning the 2018 Class 5A basketball championship.
It culminated a day that saw the team and coaches go to the State Capitol to be recognized in the House and Senate chambers and to the Livingston Parish Council meeting.
The board recognized the team coached by a Walker High School alum and led by seven seniors who have played basketball together since their “itty bitty” league days for their accomplishment.
“I’ve watched this team a long time,” School Superintendent Rick Wentzel said. “The unselfishness you had toward each other makes it fun to watch you play. I admire you because you made the game fun and it was evident in your play.”
Wentzel told the squad that the championship will be something the team and the community of Walker will never forget.
Board member Jeff Cox congratulated the team on its accomplishments.
“It took a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Cox, wearing a Walker championship T-shirt. “I enjoyed watching you play.”
Board member David Graham quoted a championship anthem describing the Wildcats play.
“At the end of the game they played ‘We Are the Champions,’ ’’ Graham said. “There is a line in there that says ‘We’ll keep on fighting to the end’ -- that's exactly what you did.”
Coach Anthony Schiro said his team was a group of young men raised with good character who played determined all season.
“Our word this season was relentless, and that’s how we played on both sides of the floor,” Schiro said. “They played for each other, but they also love each other like brothers.”
During the meeting, the board approved an $89,000 change order for the Walker High School additions and alterations project.
Jim Ziler, of Ziler and Associates, said the order included changes needed for electrical and HVAC for some of the “cookie site,” electrical improvements and information technology connections for the welding building and the removal of eight additional trees in the parking lot.
The board also set its meetings for May 10 and May 24. An Athletic Staff Committee meeting also will be held at 6 p.m. before the April 26 meeting.
In other action, the board:
--Accepted the renovations of the Holden School playing gymnasium as complete.
--Appointed Ziler and Associates as the professional of record for the Maurepas school renovations project.
--Appointed Ziler and Associates as the professional of record for the Holden School renovations project.
--Granted the authority to advertise for bids for the Holden School renovations project.