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Champions and Athletes

By Steve Crandall, 05/22/17, 12:00PM MDT

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Athletes. That is the single word that came to my mind time and time again as I watched the Olympus Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team compete in the championship game of the 2017 High School season.  It was clear from the very first pass thrown during team warms ups that the Lady Titans had come to this final game as a team of experienced, skilled, and driven competitors. In their minds, they were already champions in everyway except in title. While their opponents rallied themselves with various cheers and chants, the Titans huddled in tight as one team, and with a progressively increasing voice and tempo, repeated a single sentence; “Ooh, Ah, Ah…You wish you were a Titan!” When the huddle finally broke and the starters took the field, their faces set, their minds and bodies ready for battle, these lady athletes settled into their positions on the turf and waited for the opening whistle. And when that whistle came, there was no stopping them. Athletes know no race, no creed, no color, and no gender; just a passion for the sport, a drive for perfection, and the undaunted will to win.  Controlling the first draw, the Lady Titans moved the ball well, demonstrating solid passing and coordinated teamwork. Within 90 seconds Olympus had their first shot of game saved by the Weber goalie. However with a strong Oly ride and a failed Weber clear, the Lady Titans had control of the ball and game once again.  Another nice cut, a sharp pass, a quick shot and the ball was in the back of the Weber cage: Oly 1, Weber 0. And thus it would continue for the next 50 minutes: 2:0. 3:0. 3:1. 3:2. 4:2. 5:2. 6:2. 7:2. 8:2. 9:2. 9:3. 9:4. 9:5.10.5. 10:6. 10:7. 11:7. 11:8. 12:8.

It is interesting to note that all things begin and end at a specific moment in time and space. And for the athletes of the Olympus Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team that moment came on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:52pm MST.  Two things happened simultaneously at that very moment: The first and most obvious, Olympus Lacrosse won their first state championship. Years of personal work and sacrifice as well as hours-upon-hours of team practice all culminated in the moment. It was and is a new beginning for the Olympus Girls Lacrosse program. And frankly being there was awesome. However, among the cheers and tears and excitement, something else happened far less obvious yet perhaps, for Clara, Hannah, Regan, and Maclaine, far more powerful. For at that very same moment that the team was crowned victorious, these four senior varsity athletes closed their high school lacrosse career forever, sealing it as a champion in both practice and title. That brief moment in time has now passed but for those Olympus Athletes, it will never be forgotten. Thank you parents. Thank you Board members. Thank you coaches. And thank you players for an amazing season. You are indeed champions. Athletes, all of you. “Ooh, Ah, Ah…You wish you were a Titan!” And yes ladies, as a matter of fact, I do indeed wish I were a Titan. Congratulations Champions!