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Parade of Champions — Thursday, January 14

The Gilmer Athletic Booster Club will present the PARADE OF CHAMPIONS on Thursday, January 14, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

The parade will stage at the Gilmer Care Center and proceed up Titus Street to the Fountain on the Square. Please line up on Titus Street and follow our Champions to the Fountain where festivities and ceremony will take place.

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BREAKING NEWS: In the event of rain, there will be a special presentation in the conference room at the Field House and everyone is invited to attend, BUT the parade would then be held on January 21st. This is ONLY if it rains. If it is not raining, the parade and presentation will be held as planned on the square.

The Parade of Champions, in honor of the 2009 State 3A Football Champion Gilmer Buckeyes, will be Thursday, said Buckeye Booster Club President Bridget Fowler.

She said the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will proceed south on Titus St. to the Courthouse Square in Gilmer, where a celebration will take place.

The Buckeyes will be honored as one of the 50 finest high school football teams in the nation.

Mrs. Fowler recommended that spectators line up along Titus St. from Gilmer Care Center to the square.

Mrs. Fowler said that the parade will include police cars, fire trucks, an 18-wheeler and pickup trucks carrying the hometown heroes.

At the ceremony at the courthouse fountain at about 7:15 p.m., Gilmer High School will be presented with the National Guard National Ranking trophy.

The parade was originally scheduled for last Thursdaynight, Jan.7, but was postponed because of predicted bitter-cold weather, which materialized.

The National Guard is the presenting partner of the fifth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions. Gilmer finished No. 66 in the final national rankings and is one of 50 schools being honored on this season’s Tour of Champions.

Gilmer Buckeyes completed a perfect 15-0 season by handing Wylie of Abilene a 43-26 defeat to claim the 2009 Texas Class 3A Division I state championship.

The school’s other state football championship came in the 2004 season.

Gilmer is one of 50 high schools nationwide being honored on the fifth season of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the National Guard.

MaxPreps ranks more than 16,000 varsity high school football teams.

The MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the National Guard recognizes the finest high school football teams in the country through various celebrations and formal ceremonies.

The Tour was inaugurated in 2005 and honored 10 premier football programs. is the leading online high school sports destination, offering the most comprehensive high school sports coverage, with the latest news, analysis, rankings and streaming content. aspires to cover every high school team, game, and player by partnering with nearly 25,000 varsity coaches throughout the country.

Founded in August 2002, is headquartered in Cameron Park, Calif. CBS Corporation acquired in April, 2007.

With more than 370 years of service, the National Guard is the largest reserve component, as well as the oldest branch of the U.S. military.

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