The 4A State Champion Silsbee Tiger basketball team has had an amazing few weeks. This past weekend, they enjoyed a parade and block party hosted in their honor by some proud Silsbee residents.
The parade began at 10 a.m. and traveled through downtown Silsbee. Silsbee fire trucks led the procession with the champion basketball team riding on top of one of them. Attendees erupted into applause as the boys were smiling and waving at their proud community. Silsbee basketball teams from the past also participated in the parade.
When the parade ended, everyone was invited to the block party that was held near the Silsbee Public Library. A variety of food including crawfish and sandwiches were offered for purchase. Activities for the youngsters were provided.
The champs were able to show off their team and individual posters which were also available for purchase.
Coach Joe Sigler expressed gratitude for the community’s support. “Thank y’all for all the support you’ve given us. For me as a coach this is very humbling to be a part of this. For me it’s about all these young men behind me. I’m very privileged to have guys who bought in to what I was trying to do. For all of you to do what you are doing right now and all the other things I am very appreciative of that. It could not have happened to a nicer community than Silsbee,” said Coach Sigler.
One of Silsbee’s proudest residents is Donita Banks. Banks was born and raised in Silsbee and is dedicated to the Tigers. “I am a Silsbee tiger for life!” she exclaims. She said of the seven times that that Tigers made it to San Antonio; she made every trip. “Win, lose, or draw, I bleed maroon!” said Banks.
She retired from teaching after 29 years at Silsbee ISD. Even though she is not a teacher anymore, she is still dedicated to the children of Silsbee. Banks, along with other organizers and volunteers, put a great deal of time and effort into planning the celebratory parade and block party for their beloved Tigers.