Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the
undefeated 2018-2019 AAAA Girls Basketball Georgia State Champions, the
George Washington Carver High School Tigers of Columbus, Georgia. The
team commemorated this significant milestone on Sunday, March 17, 2019,
with a celebratory parade followed by a celebration of honor at the
Columbus Civic Center.
On Friday, March 8, 2019, the Tigers won the state championship game
against the Spalding Jaguars by a score of 56-44. This historic victory
marked the first championship and undefeated season for the Tigers
after coming up short in three Final Fours and two state championships.
The team placed No. 1 in the MaxPreps AAAA Girls Basketball rankings
for Region 1 and have won all but two of their previous 31 games this
season by double digits.
Their victory in this year's AAAA state championship follows years of
frustration, hard work, and determination bursting forth into an
unbelievable season of teamwork and athletic excellence. The
perseverance of these Tigers, after coming so close the past two
seasons, including a 68-67 overtime loss to in-town rival Columbus High
in the 2017 finals, was shown this year in their exciting victory.
Moreover, the team completed this spectacular season with an
astonishing overall win-loss record of 33-0.
I cannot put into words the tremendous pride that the citizens of
Columbus, and indeed the entire Second Congressional District, have in
being able to call this outstanding team of athletes their own. They
have accomplished an incredible feat, one that could not have been
possible without the tireless leadership and encouragement from their
head coach, Anson Hundley and his staff, as well as their families,
classmates, and members of the community who believed in them and their
ability to bring home a state championship title.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the more than 730,000 people of Georgia's Second Congressional District in
congratulating and honoring these hardworking young women who have
persevered, sacrificed, and achieved the pinnacle of success in
basketball--the Georgia AAAA State Championship title.
116th Congress