Column: Congrats to all teams on a great season

Published 4:57 am Friday, June 10, 2005

By Staff
Last Saturday, I got the chance to cover my first state event when 10 members from Niles' boys track team and three members from Dowagiac's team traveled to Caladonia High School for the MHSAA State Finals.
I was very impressed with all of the athletes, even ones from other high schools. Everyone had their game faces on and also showed some excitement and nervousness. I can't blame them.
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While Niles didn't come home with a state title, they should take pride that they made it as far as they did and that they had an awesome season this year.
Niles' Kurt Poehlman placed fifth in the high jump and Otis West placed second in the 200 meter dash.
For Dowagiac, Ann O'Keefe placed eighth in the pole vault, Isaiah Jones placed second in the long jump and Kyle Bennett, though he didn't place in the pole vault, tied his personal best.
Great job to all who made it to state. You not only represented your schools, but your hometowns as well.
Brandywine's softball team also did a great job last Saturday as it claimed its seventh straight district win.
Most people didn't think this year's team would be as competitive as the teams the Bobcats have seen, but they proved they still have it in them and can still hang with the big teams.
On Saturday, they will travel to Constantine High School in hopes of grabbing their seventh regional win.
Brandywine's baseball team was ended Saturday when it fell to River Valley in the district championship game.
Though the Bobcats couldn't repeat a district title, they still, in my opinion, had a great season.
I found it pretty upsetting to hear that only a few people actually clapped for them at the end of the game. All teams deserve a round of applause.
Niles' baseball team didn't go as far as they would have liked this season, but they had a great year and finished second in the Big 16.
This was a good start to what should be a great future for the Vikings baseball program.
Though the Lady Vikes suffered a bit this year during the regular season, they should be proud with the way the ended it.
The Vikings held the defending state champions Lakeshore to only one run for six innings. That is pretty impressive itself.
Congradulations to everyone for a great season and good luck to the Bobcats on Saturday.