Steven Morris ’16: As the seconds slowly ticked to zero and the student section chanted, “THANK YOU SENIORS”, the realization of becoming State Champions started settling in for the six seniors (Nick Blankenburg, Luke Kazor, Steven Morris, Logan Ganfield, Blake Gabler, Logan Jenuwine, and Zach Peters) playing in their final game as a Romeo Bulldog.
Coming into last Saturday’s Division 2 State Championship game, the Bulldogs were underdogs up against a perennial power in the Divison 2 ranks, Livonia Stevenson. For the second time this season the boys found themselves not favored, something that brings the six seniors back to their sophomore year before the Romeo hockey team was on any team’s radar.
“When we came to the team no one really knew who Romeo was, at least for hockey,” defenseman Steven Morris said.”We had a really good year our sophomore year but didn’t play in a good league so we weren’t tested. We lost most of our big games because of that reason. After moving to the MAC Red we started playing better league games and a tougher non-league schedule, that really helped our success the past two seasons. After our spurt here, I am pretty sure everyone knows about Romeo Hockey.”
Coming into the championship game, Stevenson was favored to win for multiple reasons.1: Stevenson plays a tougher schedule, going up against top teams week after week.
2: Stevenson has played in multiple state championships and know what it takes to win.
3: This was the Bulldogs first ever appearance in the state finals.
Proving all the doubters wrong, the Bulldog seniors lead the team to a 6-4 win in front of 3,000 Bulldog hockey fans.
“The atmosphere was unreal,” Logan Jenuwine said. “It was the most exciting game I’ve ever played in. Our student body and support from our community helps a ton, we couldn’t of done it without them.”
“Winning a state championship was the best moment of my life,” Zach Peters said. “It’s so awesome going out on top and winning a title for our program. It’s a major recruiting tool for years to come.”
Starting the season, every team’s goal is to win a state championship in their division. After years of coming so close, these Romeo seniors broke through the barrier and made history, winning the school’s first ever hockey state title.
“It’s still hasn’t hit me yet, but it will soon,” Luke Kaczor said. “It was the best year of my life and to go out on top is unreal, I love my brothers to death and am so glad I got to experience this with them. I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”
Although these seniors time is done wearing a Bulldog uniform at Romeo High School, they will never be forgotten.