Hopewell honors players and cheerleaders

| April 1, 2015
Happy birthday: Pictured at far left with the Hopewell Indians coaches is Austin Saylor. The basketball team’s banquet happened to fall on Saylor’s birthday so the coaches got everyone to join together and sing him, “Happy Birthday.” Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Happy birthday: Pictured at far left with the Hopewell Indians coaches is Austin Saylor. The basketball team’s banquet happened to fall on Saylor’s birthday so the coaches got everyone to join together and sang him, “Happy Birthday.” Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Hopewell Indians Head Coach Devin Rivera was a good sport and took whipped cream pies to the face from the players since he was unable to attend festivities held prior to the tournament games. Pictured taking his turn is Scott Balentine.

Hopewell Indians Head Coach Devin Rivera was a good sport and took whipped cream pies to the face from the players since he was unable to attend festivities held prior to the tournament games. Pictured taking his turn is Scott Balentine.

COSHOCTON – The Hopewell Indians held their end of the year banquet to honor the basketball players and cheerleaders on March 31, at Hopewell School.

“I want to say thank you to all the coaches and to the parents for bringing their kids to practice and games,” said Head Coach Devin Rivera. “Without all of you we wouldn’t be where we are at.”

This year Hopewell sent two teams to the Special Olympics State Tournament. The black team, which was champions in Division III last year, won the Division II State Title and the red team took third place in Division V. The skills team also competed at state with three people winning gold and three taking home silver.

Players, cheerleaders and coaches were all presented with special gifts at the banquet and there were also a few surprises. Austin Saylor was sung “Happy Birthday” by all in attendance and since every one came home winners Hugh Hart cut his hair. Rivera also was a good sport and took whipped cream pies to the face from the players since he was unable to attend festivities held prior to the tournament games.

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