December has barely begun, yet the softball team already received the greatest gift of all.
It is a constant reminder of hard work, dedication, and absolute love for the game. That well deserved gift is more commonly known as first softball State Championship in Marian’s history.
No, Santa Claus did not wrap up this present with shiny paper and a big, red bow; this was a gift that came from pure talent.
With a new coaching staff and a spark behind them, the softball team was able to take home their first 2015 Nebraska State Championship after a hard-fought battle with Papillion LaVista High School. The ladies in blue came out on top with a final score of 8-5.
Junior Brook Linderman put the bow on the present with a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning.
“The second the ball hit Brook’s bat we all knew it was gone. The whole moment was so surreal and the feeling was honestly indescribable. It was like all of our hard work and dedication had finally paid off and it [our season] couldn’t have ended in a better way. Winning state was the one thing we wanted more than anything, so the fact that we accomplished that goal is better than any present we could ever get for Christmas,” senior Emily Cheloha said.
For the first time in Marian history, the softball banner in the gym is proudly marked with “2015” under State Champions.
This State Championship was not a gift that was simply given to the softball team, but it was a gift that was well earned, deserved, and one that they will cherish forever.
The Christmas season may be just beginning, but the soft- ball team’s legacy is one that will never end.