Almost two months after winning the Class AA state championship in basketball, the Lady Cherokees of Kendrick High School were greeted with screams and applause from a sparse crowd Saturday morning in Phenix City and downtown Columbus.
"They always do good but the championship came this year," said Clarence Pitts, a Forrest Park resident whose daughter graduated from the school in 1993. "I pulled for them all season."
Wearing a gold school T-shirt, Pitts and his wife were among the crowd at 13th Street and Broadway in Columbus as the school band and its players rode in convertibles, smiling and waving to onlookers. The team defeated six-time defending champion Wesleyan to finish undefeated at 29-0.
Melissa Henry said she is happy her daughter has a chance to be part of a winning program in her first year at Kendrick. Kavena Henry, a ninth grader, played guard on the junior varsity team.
"I thought it was good they were having a parade," Henry said.
Jane Bucholtz, a second-year teacher at the school, applauded as the team's star player Kahlia Lawrence and others rode by in convertibles.
"I think it's very exciting," she said of the parade.