CHS Lady Black Knights basketball receive championship rings two decades later
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The wait is finally over for the only state championship team at Charlottesville High School. Members of the 2001 girls' basketball team finally received their state rings Friday.
The 2001 team made history by winning 28 straight games, including the state title. Now, more than two decades after the championship game, the team is back to be formally recognized and receive their rings.
“Excited is an understatement. I have had knots in my stomach, good knots, since I knew this was finalized,” Krystal Churchman said.
Friday’s ceremony had been in the works since the team reunited to work with CHS Athletic Director Andy Jones to finally get their long-awaited hardware. Deatrice Luck says that 22 years ago, the teams’ recognition fell under the radar.
“You're looking for them to fight on your behalf, to help set up fundraisers, to reach out to your community, anyone who can help bring that championship hardware. And given we were just kids I feel like as those conversations were not being had, they just died out,” Luck said.
Jessica Carter, a 2001 state champion, used her experience in youth sports to start HER Sports, a local female sports organization, working to empower girls in athletics.
“Sports taught me a lot about who I am today. It’s the blueprint of my success. Back then how we were taught, what we did has translated now to HER Sports,” said Carter.
The team was formally recognized in the gymnasium after the current Lady Black Knights team defeated Monticello, and they finally received their long overdue championship rings.