Riverwood High School Makes Hoops History

  • Posted 4/8/2024

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    "It was an incredible run, and I am really proud of my guys."

    Riverwood High School Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Leonard "Buck" Jenkins sums up an amazing season for his team. It culminated in their first-ever 6A state championship.

    March 8th, the Riverwood Raiders dominated the court at Macon Coliseum, facing the top-ranked Alexander High School Cougars. It ended with an overtime win for the Raiders, 67 to 63.

    The road to this year's state championship was paved by a 25-7 season, and three previous trips to the Georgia High School Athletic Association Boys High School Basketball Elite 8 in 2010, 2016 and 2017.

    Coach Jenkins says this season, grit kept them going.

    "Our team came through during the playoffs each time our backs were against the wall," he says.

    Getting there involved more than just what happened on the court. Support from the stands was a factor too. Fans traveled two hours from Sandy Springs to fill Macon Coliseum the day of the championship game.

    "The amount of support and appreciation from our school and community has been incredible," Jenkins says.

    Families turned out to support the team, and so did students. Jenkins says that was what fueled them.

    "Seeing the number of students that traveled to Macon gave our team a little extra juice when we needed it most."

    Turnout for the game set records. Riverwood principal, Kindra Smith, calls it "overwhelming" - in the best way.

    "The way our community rallied for the game mirrors the steadfast support they provide to our students and staff daily," Principal Smith says. She adds, "I truly am honored to lead such an incredible community."

    Where do the Raiders head next? Nine players are set to return for the 2024-25 season, including shooting guard JR Leonard, who has received offers from several powerhouse schools.

    Coach Jenkins credits his team's talent, their trust in each other and community support with this season's success. He says the history-making win is something they will always remember:

    "It meant the world to win a championship for the Riverwood community."

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