Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kimball Knights win 4A state basketball championship

At the University of Texas at Austin Frank Erwin Center (within walking distance of the state capitol building), Justin F. Kimball parents and supporters cheered the season-long performance of  the basketball team (38-3).

It was great to walk from the Save Texas Schools Rally held in Austin today on the steps of the state capitol to the final championship basketball game of Justin F. Kimball High School, our neighborhood school.

We watched these Kimball Knights make their best shots to become 2011 4A Texas state basketball champions along with 12,836 other basketball fans.

Taking an early lead in the game against La Marque high school, the Knights made all the right moves. Then with a precious few minutes left, fans had no time to be comfortable. The La Marque Cougars had come back, and they showed their attitude and skill by closing in on the  score, threatening  to claim victory.

The Kimble Knights prevailed. The final score was 78-64. La Marque had twice pulled within three points in the fourth quarter.  It was an exciting game.

Kimball junior guard Shannon Lilly was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the game and scored 23 points.

Congratulations to head coach Royce Johnson, assistant coaches Toby Daniels, Ryan Foppe, Robert Jacobs, Bo Johnson and trainer Brian Welch.

Congratulations to Principal Earl Jones and staff.

Congratulations to all Kimball Knights!

The game was also attended by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and State Senator Royce West.