Good Hope City Council recognizes state champions

The Good Hope City Council recognized Good Hope High School’s Mason McCury and the Lady Raiders basketball team for their recent state championships at Monday night’s council meeting. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – The Good Hope City Council hosted its second April council meeting at Good Hope City Hall Monday night and the lion’s share of the meeting was spent recognizing several local state champions. Good Hope High School archer Mason McCury was recognized by the council and presented with a proclamation honoring him for bringing home this year’s National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) State Championship.

Proclamation honoring Good Hope High School top score 2024 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Alabama State Championship

“Whereas, the Good Hope High School Archery Team may now add State Championship top scorer to its accomplishments earned by this outstanding program; and

Whereas, the City of Good Hope its blessed to be home to Good Hope High School; where an abundance of talented student athletes who excel in their studies as well as in archery; and

Whereas, the perseverance, determination, work ethic and talent of this young man not only made possible a championship season, but also surely bode well for their success in every future enterprise; and

Proclaimed, The City of Good Hope is pleased to specially honor and commend this successful high school athlete whose magnificent exploits have brough honor & pride to Good Hope; and

Proclaimed Futher, I, Mayor Jerry Bartlett and members of the Good Hope City Council, do hereby proclaim that we honor and congratulate Mason McCury on his exceptional legacy, individual and collective resolve, and his triumph with the high score of 296 in the NASP State Championship; and

Now Therefore, In Testimony, Whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the City of Good Hope naming this day the 22nd of April in the year of our Lord 2024.”

In addition to McCury, this year’s 4A State Champion Good Hope Lady Raiders Basketball Team was invited to Monday night’s meeting as well. Head Coach Justin Aby and each of the Lady Raiders received a proclamation and a custom commemorative basketball from the council to honor their historic season and Aby shared a few words about his team during the meeting.

“I was going to start listing out every accomplishment every girl on the team had this season but I know I would forget some because they won so much as far as postseason awards so just to say a little bit about these girls, every one in here saw them play basketball and they’re amazing on the court but the thing I want to emphasize is how great they are off the court,” Aby said. “These girls are constantly working with the youth league teams and doing so many other things in the community outside of just basketball so yes, they’re a great basketball team but I would argue they’re even better people off the court. To our seniors, we’ll miss you dearly and to our younger classmen, lets do this again next year.”

Proclamation congratulating the Good Hope High School Girls Basketball Team for its first ever Class 4A State Championship

“Whereas, the Good Hope High School Girls Basketball Team, the Raiders, through hard work and perseverance over 35 hard-fought games, reached State Championship status, for the first time in school history, in the State 4A Tournament. The Raiders take great pride in respecting their opponents and playing the game of basketball with class and dignity; and

Whereas, the demanding athletic competition requires the highest levels of skills, determination, teamwork and focus on selfless commitment to others to complete the season with a 33-2 record and defeated T.R. Miller High School in a runaway victory 63-35; and

Whereas, these 12 outstanding high school players, Lexi Marshall, Ava McSwain, Lillie McCluskey, Emma Thompson, Ella Gossett, Ivey Maddox, Jordan Sanders, Charly Johnson, Jolee McHan, Lucie Adams, Heather Tetro and Bailey Tetro have represented themselves, their families, their school and their community proudly; and

Whereas, the team was coached by Head Coach Justin Aby;

Now Therefore, be it resolved by the Good Hope City Council,

Section 1. That the Council hereby commends, congratulates and gives special recognition to the team for its extraordinary achievement of its first ever victory at the state basketball tournament.

Section 2. That the city seal shall be attested and affixed to this proclamation and that copies be given to each player and Coach Aby as well as commemorative basketballs.”

The Good Hope City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Good Hope City Hall.

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