Saturday in Bonifay, Holmes County High School celebrated their boys basketball team's first ever state title with a parade and ceremony, where a plaque was revealed honoring the team. The Devils captured the title by beating West Gadsden 59-40 last week in Lakeland.
Florida signee Chris Walker recorded a triple-double in the State Semis, followed up by a 30 point performance with 15 blocks in the State Championship. Walker saying he's happy to help bring the title back to Bonifay.
"It's still sinking in, but it's the best feeling I've ever felt," he said. "It's a good thing to have all the fans come and support you on the big stage. We came back and won and now we're here celebrating so it's all a good thing. It means a lot to me we got everyone here supporting us- they got our backs."
"Coaches just can't do it by themselves- they need help from the community," said head coach Poe White. "From the staff to the faculty and administration, everybody plays a part. Kids thrive on support from the community. I'm just glad to be a part of it and I'm happy for our basketball team."
White lost his mom in the midst of the play-offs, and the team agrees the win was an emotional one- but one that gave them extra motivation to bring a win back home.
"He might not show it but I know it definitely brought a smile to his face," said Walker. "He told me he was so proud and happy for us. I told myself I was going to play as hard as I can and I'm going to try to do this for him, myself, the whole team, and the community."
"It's bittersweet," said Coach White. "The only sad part is that I wish my momma could have been here physically to share this with me, but she's not. I know she's better off in another place and I know she's looking down on us, and smiling, and I can hear her quoting now, that's my boy."