The 9-year-old All-Star basketball team from Walker won the Louisiana Biddy State Tournament in Houma held Feb. 26-28 and went on to win a national title.
Led by head coach Jermaine Rushton, the team defeated Terrebonne in the semifinals and Madisonville in the finals. From there, Walker’s 9U team was invited to the National Biddy Tournament in Slidell on March 4-9. Walker swept its bracket undefeated, having to beat both Thibodeaux and Kansas City twice, landing them the title of National Biddy Champions, and bringing home Walker’s first national win, a news release said.
Rushton, a native of Walker and a past Biddy basketball player, has been coaching with Walker Parks and Recreation and taking Walker teams to Biddy All-Stars for eight years. He says some Biddy players from his early coaching years are now playing basketball for Walker High School.
“What these kids have accomplished has never been done. This is great for the community and the city of Walker, but especially for these boys,” Rushton said. “They will remember this for a long time. I think it’s great for Walker sports and hopefully other groups, both boys and girls, will want to be involved. I’m hoping other coaches will notice what’s been accomplished here and see that it doesn’t matter if you come from a small community. We can still compete and beat the bigger inner-city programs. These boys proved that.”
Walker Parks and Recreation begins basketball registration in September. For more information, visit www.walkerparksandrecreation.com.