After the boys posed for a couple photos, with the girls’ successful conclusion, senior Noah Zorniger said, “Let’s get over there and celebrate with the girls.” Zorniger and the Orioles worked through the crowd, and once on the neighboring pitch, hit a dead-sprint toward their female classmates, and the teams leaped and screamed together in unbridled joy with their trophies held high.
I’d seen a lot before that day, but I’d never seen anything like that. Things like that just don’t happen, especially with the stakes so high.
In my business, you’re taught to possess total neutrality, but only people with no athletic history can do that. I do what I do for the emotional fix I get from watching and describing spirited competition, and sometimes teams reel me in with an extremely entertaining mix of talent and personality.
Both the Avon girls and boys did that this fall.
The state champion girls had an incredible mix of age and youth, as multiple players from each class played important roles. Cassidy Blacha and Kelsey Dossey were undeniable stars, but the Orioles’ depth and teamwork were beyond exceptional.
I didn’t think the Oriole boys could lose on Saturday, but also knew from experience that even the best teams don’t always win. As they walked off the field for the final time together, I recalled what former Butler hoops coach Brad Stevens once told me, that the journey together is more important than any end result.
One team won a title on Saturday and the other didn’t, but it is their journey together that I’ll remember most. As Zorniger’s memorable cheer after every game indicated, they hunted as a pack, and despite different conclusions, their stories are now one.
– Brent Glasgow is a sports writer for the Hendricks County Flyer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (317) 272-5800, ext. 190. Follow him on Twitter @BGlasgow37.