Kyle Smith ‘16 – It isn’t easy winning a state championship in volleyball. But we did it.

It’s unheard of when the same school wins another state championship the following year for football. But we did it.

It would seem an impossible dream if the same school won a third state championship the year after that for hockey. But we did it.

Three state championships, three consecutive years. That is something every one of us who showed our support and went to those games should be proud of. We are as much a part of it as the ones who fought and won them out on the court, the field, and the rink.

But at the celebratory assembly last week, most of the senior class did not honor our hockey state champions. Not a lot of people even showed up.

“I felt it was disrespectful. I know for a fact all the hockey players showed up for our assembly, and that should’ve been reciprocated,” Paul Hurley ‘16 said.

Many of the reasons heard were to the effect that sixth hour classes were full of movies and free-time boredom, which could be better spent taking a much-needed nap on the couch or getting a head-start on homework.

Regardless, whether it was that or being jaded or jealous, it wasn’t about attending sixth hour but celebrating something special that only happens once in a lifetime. Deciding not to go show love and support for our boys, without a legitimate reason of course (there are always exceptions, like having been at the final game), is simply rude.

“It hurt, not seeing many of our friends and classmates there,” Varsity hockey player Zach Peters ‘16 said.

From playing sports myself, and being close with a few of the many talented guys on that team, I know the long hours of hard work and dedication it takes to get where they are. I’ve heard about their grueling hockey practices, the grades they have to maintain, and the expectations they need to meet.

These guys didn’t only win that trophy for themselves; they won it for all of us. The least we could’ve done was show the appreciation and congratulations they deserve.

We might be small town Romeo, but we have a big heart.
That big heart skipped a beat that day.

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