Celebration at Greenwood for state title and awards


Remember the excitement of your school assemblies?  Greenwood had that on Tuesday.

“Everybody screaming and being happy for you,” Greenwood sophomore Aminu Mohammed said.

Grades K through 12 celebrating a high school state title, its first since 1942.

“We really didn’t know about all of the important people who were going to be here,” senior John Sharp said.  “When we saw them walk in, we were like ‘oh crap, this is a big deal.”

“I almost teared up at the end of the game, it was really emotional for me,” Rep. Billy Long, (R) Missouri, said.

Congressman Long is the second of three-generations of Greenwood students in his family.   His dad won the state title for the Blue Jays in 1942.

“They were the state champions, and no one was seen that at Greenwood in 77-years, and my dad was on that team, and all of his team mates,” Rep. Long said.

Springfield’s mayor, and Missouri State’s president also congratulating the little school that could.  A few surprises sprinkled into the ceremony.   Darren Taylor announced as the coach of the year for Class-2.

“He really wanted that,” Sharp said.  “We’re excited that he could be the coach of the year.”

And along with honoring him for his Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year award, sophomore Aminu Mohammed recognized as the state’s Class-2 player of the year.

“I can’t do this without a team,” Mohammed said.  “They all played a part in this, and I’m just the one receiving it.  So I dedicate the award to my team.”