Mar 28, 2006
Press Release

-Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats Recognized by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper

WASHINGTON-Wilson Central High School's Lady Wildcats were recognized today in Congress for their hard work and dedication toward becoming Tennessee's 2005-2006 Class AAA Girls Basketball State Champions. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper honored the team and their coaches in special remarks in the Congressional Record.

"In their five years as a team, the Wilson Central Lady Wildcats have been to the state championship tournament for the past three consecutive years," Cooper said. "This was the year, on March 11, 2006, that they brought home the state title after defeating Shelbyville 44-38. I am extremely proud of these outstanding young athletes for this great accomplishment." The win also represents Wilson Central High School's first state title in any sport.

Cooper also commended the team members for their hard work off the basketball court. Throughout one of the most demanding seasons of their high school careers, the Lady Wildcats applied themselves in the classroom and maintained a team grade point average of 3.61. "This is certainly no easy task," Cooper said, "and I am proud of the way they have represented their school and their hometown both on and off the basketball court."

The Lady Wildcats' coaches were saluted for their expertise and role in leading the team to the state championship. Cooper commented on Head Coach Bud Brandon and Assistant Coach Campbell Brandon, the only father and son to coach their own teams to Tennessee high school basketball titles. "Campbell Brandon coached the Lebanon High School Blue Devilettes to their state championship victory 35 years ago, in 1971," Cooper said. "Today, he shares his son's pride for another team of amazing young women - the 2006 Wilson Central Lady Wildcats."

"I applaud the tremendous achievements of these exceptional young players and wish them well in their endeavors on the basketball court and beyond," Cooper said to his colleagues in Congress. Cooper will be presenting Wilson Central High School Principal Larry Kernagis, Coach Bud Brandon and the team members with a framed copy of the Congressional Record during the upcoming celebration in their honor.