Rock Bridge girls basketball receives national award

Friday, April 11, 2014 | 4:33 p.m. CDT

Friday morning was a time of celebration at Rock Bridge High School.

Students who participated in everything from scholar bowl to show choir were honored in the school's main gymnasium.

Perhaps, the best was saved for last, though, as the three-time reigning state champion girls basketball team took the stage as the event drew to an end.

Junior Sophie Cunningham received her trophy for being Gatorade’s 2014 State Girls Basketball Player of the Year for Missouri from the 2009 winner of the award, Katherine Harry.

Harry graduated from Rock Bridge in 2009 and spent this season playing for Kronos, a professional women's basketball team in Athens, Greece.

Then, Cunningham jumped, though not in celebration. A blast of confetti shot off behind her, and she retreated to the other side of the stage.

Kyle Oberweather, regional representative for MaxPreps, was next to take the stage. MaxPreps is a national high school sports news website that provides scores and information for teams across the country.

Rock Bridge was one of 10 teams in the nation selected as part of MaxPreps' eighth annual tour of champions.

The Bruins finished the season ranked fifth in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Writers' Poll and 26th in the MaxPreps National Rankings.

"It's always really cool to see where you ended up," senior Audrey Holt said.

Coach Jill Nagel said the award was an honor and was something she had hoped to earn this season.

As the Bruins left the stage, the curtains were pulled back, and a band, the Getzoffs Fiascos, was revealed.

The group of Rock Bridge students performed a rendition of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," with one of the singers approaching Holt to sing it to her.

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