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Our View: Three state titles make us proud

Updated: April 7, 2013 6:31AM



There’s a reason we love high school sports. Every once in a while, a remarkable event happens because of kids giving every ounce of skill and teamwork for a common cause.

Every once in a while, life really works out and provides a memory that never goes away.

The girls basketball team at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights had that sort of experience last weekend. They’re the Class 3A state champions, and they join Sandburg’s wrestlers and Lockport’s boys bowling team as champs from the Southland this winter sports season.

When Marian Catholic’s Kauai Bradley grabbed an errant shot Saturday and put it back through the net as the buzzer sounded for a 48-47 victory, it set off the delirium that winning a state basketball title always does.

Let’s ponder the life-affirming power of such a last-second triumph, especially for Kauai, who has an indelible memory of a basketball player’s ideal accomplishment. How many kids hit a buzzer beater to win the state title on the playground or in their driveway? How few actually grow up to experience such a moment of enduring magic?

These Spartans, Eagles and Porters may not know it now, but they’ll come to see their run through the tournaments more clearly as the days and years pass. A high school championship is even more special because of the way it can unite a community and the deep friendship of young people can last forever.

Adults often dismiss these events as momentary joys. But we know they are not transitory. For these young men and women, their parents and friends, all those who care about them, this is a moment to celebrate forever.

Winning a state championship is so difficult to achieve, so special a reward for those long hours of practice and sacrifice, so inspirational. Who can anticipate what benefit to themselves or their community might rise from such a shared experience?

Call them, if you wish, just a few of many high school titles attained statewide every school year. But that would be a mistake. They are magical. Ask any of the team members. Then ask them again in 20 years.



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