Drew Central celebrates 30-year anniversary of 2A state championship
Drew Central’s athletics department plans to honor the accomplishments of its 1986-87 Class 2A girls’ state basketball champion Lady Pirates later this month, DC Athletics Director Michael Goad has announced.
This year is the 30-year anniversary of that title. Former DC girls’ coach Barbara Gilliam-Harris, who was on the bench for that state championship, as well as Goad, the current Lady Pirate coach, have begun a campaign to find every member of the 1986-87 girls’ team, including managers.
The team will be honored with a banquet on Thursday, Jan. 26 and recognized between the junior girls’ and senior girls’ games on Friday, Jan. 27 when Drew Central hosts arch-rival McGehee at Drew Central Gymnasium.
The time and location of the banquet has yet to be decided that Thursday but the games tip off at 5 p.m., so the ceremony should be around 6 p.m. that Friday.
The 15 team members—Diana Daniels, Diane Daniels, Tammy Eubanks, Lee Ann Franklin, Sylvia Jones, Sharon Jordan, Stacy Junior, Marchell Leonard, Melissa Miller, Gail Rowlett, Denise Simpson, Darlene Smith, Lisa Strickland, Denise Thurman and Trina Trotter—as well as managers Karen Jordan and Verlene Nolen are asked to participate. Edgar Spencer was Gilliam-Harris’ assistant coach.
Gilliam-Harris is coordinating the two-day event, and she is asking team members to contact her to let her know they are attending.
Her email is email@example.com, her address is 965 Arkansas Highway 160 West, Portland 71663 and she has three phone numbers on which team members can reach her—870-737-4247 (landline), 870-866-9253 (cell) or 870-737-5018 (fax). Team members may also contact Goad at 870-367-6076 or Michael.Goad@drewcentral.org.