Westside’s state champion girls basketball team was honored with a dinner on Tuesday night at WHS.
Del. Linda Phillips and County Commissioners Jason Mullins and Larry Mathis presented certificates to the team members from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the county commission.
Mathis, who served as the first girls hoop coach at WHS, read a proclamation from the commission. He said the girls would better understand the magnitude of what they had accomplished—two state titles in three years—“10 years and 20 years down the road.
“You had a great coach and played some great competition,” he remarked.
Westside Principal Robin Hall thanked the parents of the players “for everything you’ve done.”
“You couldn’t ask for better students, nicer girls or better role models,” she said.
Hall thanked area businesses and individuals, school staff and organizations who supported the team in some way.
Renegades coach Jamie Lusk, recently named the girls basketball coach of the year by an area newspaper, said he used to dream of making it to the state tournament one time.
Later, he hoped for a win at the state tourney. Now he has eight, with WHS going 8-1 at the state tournament since 2012.
“We made sure we put God first,” Lusk commented.
“I’ve been very blessed,” he added.
The coach said it was in a six-point loss to AAA No. 1 Parkersburg South that he saw the potential of this year’s team.
“That’s when I saw what these girls could be,” he said.
He thinks the future is promising. “The freshmen and sophomores are going to have to work hard,” he observed.
Lusk noted that the Lady Renegades are 74-5 over the last three years and 90-10 over the last four.
“You’ll look back and realize how great this is,” he said.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Westside’s Danielle Brown accepts congratulations from County Commissioners Larry Mathis and Jason Mullins.