Hattiesburg school board honors winning teams; band receives gift

By DAVID TISDALE,

It was a night to honor champions June 5 when the Hattiesburg Public School District’s Board of Trustees recognized the achievement of a state 5A title by the Hattiesburg High School (HHS) baseball and track and field teams.

Members of each team gathered during the board’s monthly meeting, held at the Hawkins Elementary School auditorium, where they displayed their championship trophies and were presented resolutions adopted by the Mississippi House of Representatives through the efforts of local State Representatives Percy Watson, who also serves as the Board of Trustees attorney, and Missy McGee.

The Diamond Tigers picked up the school’s first state title since 2006 in its championship against Lewisburg, which included a rare run-rule 11-1 game two victory.

Hattiesburg Athletics Booster Club President Myron Lott was also on hand for the meeting where the teams were honored, inviting the public to attend a gala Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m. the Sherrill Center in downtown to honor both squads, as well as a picnic Sunday, June 10 from 3-6 p.m. at Chain Park at Twin Forks to honor all the school’s championship teams, including the girls’ state champion basketball squad.

Tickets for the gala are $25; parking for the picnic is $5.

Lott said the club is responsible for securing funding for purchase of awards for student athletes participating in HHS athletics.

“It’s a responsibility we gladly accept,” he said while also asking for community support of its efforts.

Hattiesburg Schools Superintendent Robert Williams noted that at the beginning of the school year, 20 of the school’s teams were also noted for their scholarship as well as athletic abilities.

“These students are proving that they have what it takes to take care of business not only on the field, but in the classroom,” he said.

Board of Trustees President Delores McNair also praised the support of families and friends of students participating in Tiger athletics.

The Hattiesburg High School Fighting Tiger Marching Band also accepted a gift of more than $3,400 from organizers Sarah and Brad Newton of the city’s popular ‘Live at Five” concert series that takes place on Fridays beginning at 5 p.m. in April and October at Town Square Park.

In partnership with Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, the series provided band members the opportunity to volunteer for preparation work for each concert, with the band receiving support in return through sales of refreshments at the series.

Parkway Heights Director of Youth and Family Ministries Wes Ingram was on hand for the presentation of the gift to the band.

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