A little color was added to the Union County High School gymnasium on Wednesday.
The Union County School District formed a committee to derive records of athletic achievements from Lockhart, Jonesville, Sims and Union and after months of work, displayed the finished project — heritage banners that will be permanent fixtures in UCHS.
Each school has it’s own banner listing the year of each championship including region, upperstate, and state titles in all sports prior to the consolidation in 2007.
As the committee looked on, the banners, encased in fiber glass, were carefully lifted and, one by one, mounted on gyms’ left hand wall, opposite the bleachers.
UCHS principal and former Union High athlete Floyd Lyles was also present to watch the banners being raised and said he was excited to see the idea come to fruition.
“I think it’s special for the entire community because it represents who we are now and who we’ve been,” said Lyles. “When you look at it as a whole, we’ve been very, very successful in athletics. I think bringing the banners here to the gym is great now that we’re one high school and one family.”
Former Lockhart High athletic standout Randy Crocker headed the committee that gathered information for and designed the heritage banners. Crocker was extremely pleased with the results.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out,” Crocker gushed. “Just look at all that heritage on the wall!”
While watching the banners go up, those in attendance reminisced about championship teams and exceptional players they’d had the opportunity to compete with and against.
There were plenty worthy of mentioning. Lyles put it best when he said, “This county is rich with athletic tradition.”
That it is. And the proof is hanging in the UCHS gymnasium.