PREP NOTEBOOK: Scorer’s table donated to honor memory of Jalen Merriweather
By Joey Chandler / Sports Writer
HOLT -- A new addition to the Holt High School gymnasium will keep Jalen Merriweather’s memory alive for years to come.
Boostr Digital Displays, Buffalo Rock and Taco Casa teamed up to donate a scorer’s table complete with an Ironmen logo featuring a “4′s UP” in purple on both ends of the table. A photo of Merriweather playing, along with a photo of last year’s seniors, are part of the slideshow displayed on the board throughout the games.
Holt graduate Greg Crowe, an owner of Boostr Digital Displays, presented the table before the start of the Northridge, Holt game on Tuesday night.
“We were blown away. It was kind of one of those awe-struck moments, the kids and everybody were really excited to see it,” Ironmen coach Steven Watkins said. “The way they chose to honor him and everything is such a wonderful gesture from local businesses in our area.”
The program also began a new tradition in memory of Merriweather on Tuesday night. Each time Holt plays at home, members of the varsity team will have an opportunity to earn the right to wear Merriweather’s No. 4 jersey.
“Jalen’s legacy is that of putting others above yourself and for us that is playing for more than yourself and so for our guys that is the legacy we want to carry on,” Watkins said.
The first ever honor was bestowed upon senior JaMarcus Sterling, who gave up his starting spot to become the first off the bench.
“He did something most seniors wouldn’t do,” Watkins said. “He wanted to do what was best for the team and get another of one his teammates the opportunity to start and for him to be the energy coming off of the bench, he is going to be the first to wear No. 4 in honor of Jalen.”
Having the opportunity to take the court wearing the No. 4 jersey is something Sterling takes to heart.
“I am honored and anybody that wears it has to hold themselves up to a high