Claiborne Sparks: My Site News: 2009 Season Kicks Off With Celebration

2009 Season Kicks Off With Celebration

The Claiborne Sparks held their 2008 Awards and Appreciation Banquet on Saturday, March 28, 2009. As players and parents arrived, they were greeted to the mellow jazz sounds of JB Saax.

They were also greeted by the smells of the wonderful catering of Bradley's Catering.

 The players were greeting by Monique as they were seated.

The banquet began with prayer led by Mrs. Guilbeaux.

Coach Claiborne introduced the speaker for the evening, Ms. Wanda Gallien.  Ms. Gallien is an assistant warden who addressed the players about the negative aspects of drug use and hanging with the wrong crowd. Ms. Gallien described the difficult and unhealthy life of one who is incarcerated to the audience. She encouraged the players to stay in school, get a good education, and to have a future!

Coach Claiborne then recapped the previous season by reminding the players of their accomplishments such as placing third in the State Tournament thereby qualifying for Nationals, Gold in the 13s Division of the 2008 Governor's Games for Girls, Silver in the 14s Division of the 2008 Governor's Games, Silver in the 10s Division of the 2008 Governor's Games for Girls, and the many tournament competitions where the 13s went undefeated.

Coach Claiborne thanked the parents for their support, loyalty and volunteerism during the last year.

He thanked Coach William Joseph Davis for that "spark" that he brought to the team and for taking us to Nationals! Coach Claiborne also recognized Ms. Lavergne for her services to the team.

All players and coaches received special recognition for their hard work for last season. Tiffany Augustine, Annelise Bonvillain, Monique Claiborne, Kaylan Demouchet, Cierra Fruge', Maya Guilbeaux, Jaelyn Hall, Jasmine King, N'Kendra Kimble, Kascity Martin, Breonna O'Conner and Aaliyah Pickney. Andrea Bradley and Shankque Sam received their player plaque as members of the 10-under team.

Special awards were presented to:

Aaliyah Pickney - Most Valuable Player

 Jasmine King - Outstanding Offensive Player

Kaylan Demouchet -Outstanding Defensive Player

Sixth Man Award - Breonna O'Conner

 Most Improved Player - Maya Guilbeaux

 Academic Achievement Award - Annelise Bonvillain

 Academic Achivement Award - Monique Claiborne

Coach Claiborne then recognized Walter and Ramona Augustine as the Most Valuable Parents for the season for their hard work last season. Ms. Delores Hampton was also recognized for her unwavering support and dedication to the organization.

The Louis Schaefer, Jr. award was presented to the Bonvillain family for their outstanding fundraising efforts of last season.

Souvenir books were also distributed.  Many thanks to those to contributed and to Ms. Lavergne for producing the book.

Congratulations to the Claiborne Sparks on a successful season!