David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

MOSELEY - In front of an all school assembly at Tiger Gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, the Moseley sports teams were honored for what could easily be described as a championship year for the Tiger athletic programs.

Acting as MC of the afternoon’s activities, School superintendent Charlene Carter welcomed the gathered students and guests before proclaiming, “What a great year for all of us here at Moseley. We came home with nearly all of the ORES (Organization of Rural Elementary Schools) hardware.”

Ostensibly, the event was convened to celebrate the boys basketball team’s ORES State Championship and the Lady Tigers’ State Runner-up finish.

But an added cause for celebration was the 2010 Tiger football team, who finished a perfect 11-0 this past fall, were presented with their ORES State Champion rings. Before handing out the rings, football coach, Jarrod Earp took the opportunity to thank his team for their hard work and dedication over their past two years, noting that, “This group of eighth graders lost only one game over the last two season. And that was in the 2009 State Championship.”

Following the much anticipated distribution of the championship rings, Earp went on to thank the many players, parents and Tiger boosters that worked so diligently raising money to purchase them.

The next item on the day’s agenda was the acknowledgement of the Moseley girls’ State Runner-up finish. With a roar of approval from the gathered fans, Assistant Coach Bobby Williams introduced each member of the Lady Tiger basketball team.

Following the introductions, head Coach Chris Cameron spoke both to and on behalf of the 16-6 state finalist squad saying, “It took two coaches, 17 girls and (gesturing to the packed stands) an entire community to accomplish this success. Thank you to all of you.”

Cameron went on to announce that Lady Tigers Paige Shelby and Bailee Owen were named to the All-Tournament team, which he likened to the ORES equivalent of All-State.

Interspersed with more fervid crowd response, Coach Williams then introduced the individual members of the State Champion Moseley boys’ team. The Tigers went through their season with a phenomenal 20-1 record. Their only loss of the season came at the hands of Stilwell in the championship game of the Maryetta Tournament.

And it was a loss that they handily avenged later in the season, prompting Coach Cameron to share, “It was a great ride. I’ll never forget this season or this team.”

In addition to their ’Gold Ball,’ the Tigers were champions at the Jay Tournament as well. Rowdy Chesser, Logan Blaine and Colby Wilkerson were named to the All-Tournament team. Blaine was also voted the tournament’s MVP.