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Senior Standout: State Champs!

What a couple great weekends of basketball. We had so many storylines, tales of redemption,  perseverance, and dominance. And so many seniors behind each and every one.

"Man, it's the greatest feeling in the world!" Capital boys senior Kyle Nickol says.

We start with the Double A Boys, where the Capital Bruins won their first state title since 1983. It's been so well documented how the Bruins lost the title game in overtime to Hellgate last season. For the six seniors on the roster, beating the Knights for the title this time, had to make things that much sweeter. 

"It's kind of hard right now, it hasn't even set in yet. It's kind of cliche, but it's amazing, and everything we worked for, especially in this tournament, I mean Hellgate is such a good team, and everything we had to work for," CBruins senior Carson Dummer says.

"I was talking with my Dad, and he was the only other team to win a State Championship... And now that we've done it, we have something in common," Bruins senior Kyle Harrington exclaims.

It had been 17 years since the Havre girls hoisted the first place trophy. Senior Brandy Lambourne said this Ponies team knew in the summer they had what it took to win a championship. Thanks to her 25 points in the title game, Havre beat Hamilton and the five seniors on the roster finished their high school careers on top.

"It's awesome, all of us have been here, it's our third time here, so it's awesome just getting it the last time," Lambourne says.

"We're just so close as a team. We're just like a family and we've been playing together for so long and we just built off that family and we just worked together so well that we've got it down. Perfect ending, perfect," Ponies senior Haley Ohm adds.

Speaking of perfect, that's how the Fairfield seniors wrapped up their high school careers by truly showing the heart of a champion. At the end of regulation and the first overtime,  the Eagles got miraculous plays to keep their title hopes alive. After the game, Coach Dustin Gordon said his team had tight finishes in summer ball, and that he told his four seniors to rely on their experience late Saturday night. It led to one more win, and the Eagles seniors finished 104-0 with four state championships.

"It's unbelievable. Nobody really even imagines it. I mean, we wanted to win when we were freshman, but we never thought we'd never get here," Eagles senior Kourtney Coverdell says. 

Like Fairfield, the Belt girls have plenty of championship game experience. But the 2-time defending champs entered this years state tournament looking for some redemption. The last time the Lady Huskies lost a state tournament game was in Hamilton when this years six seniors were freshman. Coach Jeff Graham said he'd been getting texts from players on that team to bring it home this time. For a third straight season, that's exactly what Belt did.

"We're just really thankful to be where we're from and to have everyone here supporting us, we're just really luck in that aspect and we're just going to hold on to this moment for as long as we can," Lady Huskies senior Kara Gerke says. 

"They were here in Junior High as 6th graders and they just built from there, and that's who the little kids look up to and there is no better role model than those six seniors," Belt head coach Jeff Graham says.

From start to finish, this years Box Elder boys team might have been the most dominant. Led by six seniors the Bears won each of their three state tournament games by at least 20 points, finishing a perfect 26-0 to bring home their first Class C title since 1990. Box Elder relied on the P's: Pushing pace on 'O' and 'pressing' on 'D' to wear out opponents.

"I'm glad I could bring this back to my community, me and my fellow seniors. It's my last year, 26-0, I'm proud of my entire team. I want to thank them for getting me this far my senior year," Bears senior Thomas Parisian says.

Five teams with at least two storylines in common. All had awesome seniors, and all are state champs.

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