Justin Smith wins the Tournament MVP while leading Tanner to it’s second basketball State Championship in three years. The Rattlers led from start to finish Friday against Lafayette, and now this group of athletes is leaving a legacy of success at the school. Between football, basketball, and track, some of the players on this roster now have four State Championship rings with the possibility of a 5th this Spring.
“It feels real good to be a Tanner Rattler,” Jeremy Maclin said after the win. “we got a winning tradition going and we’re going to keep on winning…. it’s real fun to go out and play the games that we do.”
Tanner Principal Billy Owens has been at the school for 29 years and says this recent run of success is unlike anything he’s seen before. “we just enjoying the good ride, we have a special group of athletes and just a great community and we’re just going to enjoy it while it lasts.”
The nucleus of this team is graduating after the school year, but their legacy will likely live on in the halls of Tanner for years to come.