The Knox County Middle School 7th grade basketball team is once again in the spotlight for their state championship win earlier this year. A new highway sign has been placed in front of the school on North Main Street announcing to visitors and guests that KCMS is home to the 2011 state champions.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, May 11, Judge-Executive J.M. Hall and Barbourville Mayor David Thompson joined school officials in congratulating the team for their hard work and effort this past school year.
“This is a great honor for you”, said Judge Executive Hall. Hall went on to comment that this is the first middle school state championship in Knox County and he looks forward to many more in the future. Mayor Thompson spoke of the importance of having the sign on North Main Street so that visiting schools can see the accomplishments of Knox County Middle.
After a full schedule in the regular season, the Knox County Middle School beat six schools in the state tournament to win the championship title. In the final game, Knox County beat Louisa with a score 62-30.
“We know that champions do not happen by accident,” said Superintendent Walter T. Hulett. “Think about the time, energy, and effort that goes into a championship. Anything that is worth having has a cost, and you paid that price.”
Board member Marty Smith presented the team with certificates showing their “road to the championship” with the tournament’s bracket and scores. The team was previously honored by the Knox County Board at it’s March meeting.