Dreams do come true. Just ask the Salt River High School Lady Eagles basketball team, winners of the coveted Class 1A State Basketball Championship. Showcasing the hard work and perseverance they have demonstrated all season, the team defeated Gila Bend on February 20, and the news spread quickly. Late on Saturday, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos sent an announcement to all tribal government e-mail users announcing the Lady Eagles’ victory.
On Wednesday, February 24, a parade was held to honor and acknowledge the young ladies for their achievement. The parade began at Salt River High School and ended at the SRPMIC Tribal Council Chambers, where the new champions were introduced and acknowledged by the Tribal Council.
During the presentation, SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier praised the team for their accomplishment. He recalled that when he attended the semifinals last year, he saw tears when the girls lost and were out of the tournament. “I was happy to see the game this year and see tears of joy,” he said.
This is the first time in Salt River High School history that one of its teams has won an AIA state championship.