In the spur of the moment, a friend and I decided to drive to Casper Saturday evening to watch "our team" play in the 2A Championship game. The kids beat team after team during tournament play who had defeated them in the regular basketball season...and now, here they were...having earned the chance to play for the state championship. Our teams have made it to the big dance in the past, but never have taken home the trophy. We just couldn't seem to close the deal in the final minutes. But this time it was different.
The kids on this year's team are very talented and driven. They were behind for the 1st quarter, but then inched ahead, staying only a basket or two ahead. In the final 5 minutes, it looked like they could lose the lead...what a sinking feeling. But I don't think the boys felt that at all. With confidence and determination, they played hard to the very last seconds. It payed off. And in the first time in the history of our school, the boys' basketball team won the Championship Trophy.
A big crowd of supporters were there to cheer them on, and they made a lot of noise. Our music teacher started a Drumline this fall, and by golly, they are fantastic! Their contribution to the excitement of the game cannot be overstated. They were awesome, and I loved hearing them play. In the last minute of play, I wonder if everyone else in the crowd was feeling like me. Wide-eyed, we stood, with the apparent reality that, indeed, we had won this game!! Did the kids really do this?? Yes, they did. What an accomplishment! It was great to be a part of the crowd to witness it all.