The girls’ basketball team at Clark-Shaw School of Math and Science started the 2016-17 season on a mission.
“They finished second last year and they remembered what that felt like,” Clark-Shaw coach Angela Johnson said of her team. “The girls set a goal at the beginning of the school year to not only win the county championship but to finish undefeated. When they set that goal, they dedicated themselves to work as hard as it took to accomplish that goal.”
They did work hard, practicing on weekends and even some holidays to hone their game under the guidance of Johnson and volunteer coach Darryl Brooks. All that work paid off, as the Eagles defeated Causey Middle School 38-30 in the 3A middle school county championship game to finish the season 13-0.
“They saw what hard work does,” said Johnson, who is in her second year as the Eagles’ coach. “If you’re dedicated, you can reach your goals.”
The Eagles’ boys team also won a county championship, defeating Semmes Middle to give Clark-Shaw a 3A sweep.
County championship results in the other two classes:
2A girls: Calloway-Smith defeated Pillans
2A boys: Pillans defeated Calloway-Smith
1A girls: Mobile County Training defeated Chastang
1A boys: Washington defeated Mobile County Training