Holding their trophy high, the Caruthers High School girls’ basketball team was hard to miss Monday afternoon, making their way through the middle of town.
Fans, yelling from the sidewalks.
“It felt really crazy, like we’re celebrities or something,” senior player Felicia Ramirez said.
Leading the team, seniors Ramirez and Jaque Magana.
Two seniors, one final shot at the title; a moment they’ll never forget.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re state champs,'” the girls recalled of the win, caught on video.
But the season wasn’t without hardship. Game after game, at times, wearing the players down.
Both say, they learned to push through, telling each other, “‘Who wants it more,’ or, ‘Why not us?'”
Why not, the small town team, with big dreams?
Their fans behind them all the way, holding balloons; once again screaming at the top of their lungs for their champions.
“Just to know that, like, we have all these people supporting us, it’s amazing,” Magana said.
“Yeah, it feels really good,” Ramirez said.
A mentality coach Anna Almeida says, her girls are already taking to heart.
“That’s the big thing about small towns, is what they receive they want to give back to somebody else,” Almeida said.
A few young women, on a mission, bringing back quite the momento.
“It’s been a long time since the Blue Raiders have tasted defeat, and it feels pretty good to be the champion in Division 5 for the entire state,” Caruthers High School Athletic Director Tyson Lowry said.
Reporting in Caruthers, Megan Rupe.