Meridian Star


February 20, 2014

Brothers and sisters take the court for W. Lauderdale

COLLINSVILLE — Most coaches want their teams to treat each other like family.

At West Lauderdale, there’s something special about this year’s basketball teams. West currently has nine sets of brothers and sisters on its boys and girls teams, with a total of eighteen siblings in all.

Having family on the team has its benefits. For fundraising and parent communication, paperwork is cut in half by sending one page per family. Carpooling to games is simple — just ride with your family to the game. Forgot your uniform? No problem, just borrow one from your sister!  

We won’t mention names, but one brother had to borrow his sister’s shorts for an away game, and we had a throwback to Larry Bird days and some mighty small shorts that night.

Many West Lauderdale players’ parents also played at West Lauderdale when they were in school and have proudly passed that love for basketball on to their children. Basketball has been around since 1962, when it was the only sport at West Lauderdale after schools consolidated.

Our very own LCSS Superintendent Randy Hodges played for WL and set so many records that his jersey is retired in our trophy case. To better understand our school’s history of basketball and establish a sense of pride in our school, the junior high players do a scavenger hunt to find out who played basketball at West Lauderdale.

Most of them are surprised to find out that so many teachers once played on the same court on which they play. They are amazed that our softball coaches, Cary Luke and Josie Matthews; baseball coach, Jody Hurst; boys’ basketball coach, Duran Clark; and math teacher and former Clarkdale coach, Tim Caldwell, all played on the hardwood. In fact, last year, we counted over 20 teachers who had played at WL.

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