March 18, 2018 05:37 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- With minutes left in the state championship matchup between the Lyle-Pacelli Athletics and the Sleepy Eye Indians, senior center Kristi Fett had a feeling they were going to take the title.
"The clock's counting down, I see like 10 seconds and I just started to lose it, I started bawling I was so happy," she said.
When the final buzzer sounded, the team had won its first-ever championship game, prompting a celebration spanning two communities.
The team returned home to a fire engine escort and a packed gymnasium filled with fans.
"It's unbelievable, it's mind-blowing," Head Coach Justin Morris said. "It still feels like a dream, it really does."
"From about Blooming Prairie to Lyle, we were back and forth between the bus windows screaming out to people, cheering," Fett said.
Besides the hardware, the team also brought home memories that will last a lifetime.
"Lessons from our coaches, having them push us to be the best person we can be and the most hard-working person we can be and most responsible, to all the laughs and the memories in the locker rooms, even the heartbreaks because you learn so much from that too," Fett said.
Saturday's game was both Fett's and Morris's final time wearing the Athletics logo as members of the team, but both say the 2017-18 season is one for the history books.
"To have the story we have, it's a fairytale story, it really is," Morris said.
For a full recap of Saturday's game, click here.
Updated: March 18, 2018 05:37 PM
Created: March 17, 2018 11:23 PM
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