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Montgomery girls champions at softball and at strong values

“Wherever they go, whatever they do, these 2022 Raiders always will be linked, always will be champions and always will be remembered.”

These words by Sun-Gazette sportswriter Chris Masse capture the pride and excitement that Montgomery Area High School and all of Montgomery and the surrounding communities feel about the softball team’s victory over DuBois Central Catholic for the state Class A championship.

But their championship isn’t the only thing that will link these players forever.

“We just set an example for all the little ones who look up to us,” Brynn McRae said.

“We have our entire community here supporting us and just that alone is so emotional,” Taylor McRae told Sun-Gazette sportswriter Evan Wheaton.

“It’s such a close bond,” Faith Persing said. “It’s sad it’s all over, but it’s the perfect way to go out. Just go out, have fun, enjoy the moment.”

“We always play as a team … we’re all everyone’s best friends,” Taylor McRae told Chris Masse.

The athletes’ sense of their role as role models for younger members of the community, their appreciation for the support they have received from their communities, the way they respect and value friendship and teamwork, their ability to seek and find joy and happiness in their work together as a team — these will link these teens together forever as well. And they deserve our admiration for that.

As will the work ethic and commitment to self-improvement that was necessary for the team’s successful season and playoff run. They deserve our admiration for that as well.

As Evan Wheaton noted, the Montgomery Raiders outscored their playoff opponents 44-2.

That takes a lot of practice. It takes a lot of listening to constructive criticism and improving their performance. It takes focus. It takes time and sacrifices. And it takes, as Faith Persing said, the ability to remain grounded, to have fun and enjoy the moment.

We commend the 2022 state champions, the Montgomery Raiders softball team. We commend them not only for their state championship but for the values they demonstrated on that June day they won the championship and demonstrated throughout their season.

Congratulations, Montgomery softball: You’ve earned it and we’re proud of you and of the values and leadership you’ve displayed.

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