By Jon Garrett
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE Fresh off a signing a deal to play with the National Women's Basketball League's Lubbock Hawks, Shereka Wright was recognized Monday by Copperas Cove Mayor Bradi Diaz at Monday night's "Meet the Lady Dawgs" event at the high school for her accomplishments and contributions to the high school and community.
The mayor, also a former Lady Dawg basketball player, read a proclamation that chronicled some of Wright's numerous records at the school, including points (3,269), rebounds (1,148) and blocks (220), before recording her achievements of her All-America career at Purdue University and her rookie season for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, then declaring Nov. 1 "Shereka Wright Day."
"It feels great. It just shows you the support that Cove has had for me," a clearly touched Wright said after receiving the honor. "They (the people of Copperas Cove) still continue to support me and they are my No. 1 fans."
Wright's mother Mary, who moved to St. Louis shortly after her daughter graduated so she could attend her college games, joined her on the trip. And she said being back at the Dawg House brought back memories for her.
"I was very excited to come here and support my daughter and to come back to the place where she graduated," the elder Wright said, adding that seeing Shereka down on the court reminded her of her high school days.
"(I was thinking) there she goes again. Shereka take it to them," Mary Wright said.
On the subject of her transition to the NWBL from the WNBA, Wright, who is finishing school at Purdue as well as student-coaching there in preparation for a future career in her spare time, was very upbeat.
"It's great," Wright said, of joining the Hawks, one of the newest teams in the semipro league that is frequented by aspiring WNBA players who don't want to play overseas. "You can't ask for anything better than that. I'm looking forward to it."
Faces in the crowd
There were several former Lady Dawg basketball stars in the audience on hand to watch this year's basketball team strut its stuff at Monday's "Meet the Lady Dawgs" event, including Jasmine Hernandez , the workmanlike guard who helped lead Copperas Cove to the playoffs last season.
"I've got to come watch my team," responded Hernadez, when asked what prompted the trip from the University of Texas-Arlington to Cove on a weeknight. "This is my home right here, this court."
Hernandez, not content to just watch, joined in the festivities as well, participating in a shooting contest. She didn't win, but has plenty of basketball to look forward to next season.
Though, she is sitting out this season to focus on academics, Hernandez is training with the team and plans to walk-on in time for the 2004-2005 season.
Athlete of the Week Lineman Roberto Davis was named "Iron Dawg" for the week for his contributions on both sides of the ball in Cove's win over A&M Consolidated that clinched the District 13-5A title.
Statistic of the Week 2, The number of blocked kicks allowed by Jack Welch coached teams throughout his career.
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