Rosewood High School baseball team’s season ended 10 days ago, but the Eagles are still putting awards in their trophy case.
In a ceremony Tuesday afternoon, state Rep. John Bell and state Sen. Jim Perry, who was not in attendance, honored the Rosewood High School baseball team for its historic season.
Rosewood head baseball coach Jason King said he wants his players to understand the importance of the ceremony and they should be proud of their accomplishments and the community they represent.
“I hope we don’t take this lightly,” King said. “I have a little mantra before we get off the bus: ‘Remember who you are and what you represent’ and we’re always representing the Rosewood community and Rosewood High School.
“This is something that’s going to be around for a long time, and they need to understand that, so we need to leave our mark.”
The Eagles advanced to the NCHSAA 1-A State Championship for the first time in school history. Rosewood finished the season with an overall record of 23-6, and won the Carolina 1-A Conference title for the third year in a row.
An adopted member of the Rosewood community, Bell said it was more than a pleasure to honor a group of young men who represent their community with honor, class and great baseball.
“One of the things we’ve done is honor athletic teams or individuals that excel,” Bell said. “When a team gets to play in the state championship or win a state championship, we want to make sure that they’re honored for their accomplishments and Senator Perry and I felt this team was worthy.
“Not only did they do great things on the field, but you had a whole community rallying behind this team.”
During the ceremony, Bell read a proclamation honoring the team on its victory and presented a copy to King. Bell also gave the Eagles a flag that was flown at the state capital building in Raleigh.
Each player also received a special folder with a certificate listing his on and off the field accomplishments.
King was joined by assistant coach Josh Smith, members of the team, family and friends and team manager Michael Schriver.
King said his players deserve every bit of the recognition.
“It’s great, and I’m so appreciative of John and Senator Perry for recognizing the team,” King said. “It is a good accomplishment for our community.
“We had great support throughout the season and playoffs, so for them to come and recognize that and recognize our team is really special.”