By Nick Nunn staff writer

As the parade bearing Morgan County’s championship basketball teams rounded the corner from Hancock Street onto West Jefferson Street in Madison last Friday afternoon, they could begin to see the hundreds of Morgan County residents that had gathered near Town Park to celebrate the program’s accomplishments at the “Day for the Champions.”

The Morgan County 9-10 girls’ All Star District 6 champions, followed by the Morgan County 11-12 girls’ All Star District 6 champions took their place near the head of the line, and the Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) boys’ basketball Piedmont Athletic Conference champions greeted the crowd from their float.

Morgan County High School (MCHS) Lady Dogs Head Coach Joshua Reeves rode with his family just ahead of the MCHS Lady Dogs, the 8-AAA Region Champs for 2013-2014.

The MCHS Cheerleaders waved to the crowd from their place in the parade, and members of the Dawg Pound showed their expected level of exuberance all the way to Town Park. Following MCHS Boys Basketball Coach Charlemagne Gibbons and Assistant Coaches Steve Chapman, Milfred Franklin, Jonathan Nelson, Wally West, and Anthony Williams, the AAA State Champs, the Morgan County Hoop Dogs, brought the triumphant procession to a close.

The parade crawled to a slow pace near the gates of the park as fans along the sides of the road began to move in toward the champs. A few minutes later, once the teams were able to get to the stage in Town Park after requests for pictures and autographs, Coach Franklin began introducing the teams one by one, announcing their titles as the stood upon the stage.

Once the Hoop Dogs took the stage as Morgan County’s first boys’ basketball state champions, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman stood with the team and read aloud a proclamation naming Friday, March 14, 2014, as the “MCHS Bulldogs Day of Champions.”

The proclamation listed the Hoop Dogs’ 13-1 region record, 28-5 overall record, and the team’s third consecutive 8-AAA Region Championship, as well as the AAA State Championship title. The proclamation also recognized “the accomplishments [the team] demonstrated over the past several months and for their hard work, dedication, perseverance, and love of the sport basketball.”

Coach Gibbons again the Morgan County fans for all of their support throughout the entire season and particularly for showing up in such great numbers at the championship game in Macon. As the team prepared leave the stage, the standing crowd of Morgan County fans gave the Bulldogs a final round of applause for their outstanding success during the 2013-2014 season.