BROOMFIELD — It was in fact a great day to be an Eagle.
“The school and the community got behind the boys soccer team in a time of need and as I alluded to in the speech, I think the boys were able to bring some closure to the tragedy that has happened the last two months,” said Broomfield soccer coach Jim Davidson, referring to the recent passing of students Mason Wedan and Chad Britton. “Maybe this will start the healing process.”
Davidson’s team was honored alongside state champion gymnasts Kailey Licata and Sarah Holbrook in front of the student body, Broomfield mayor Randy Ahrens and Boulder Valley Schools superintendent Bruce Messinger in a ceremony Wednesday morning.
Davidson, who donned a suit and tie and a donated Broomfield baseball cap from athletic secretary Charlene Orvis, paid homage to the everybody that helped make the Eagles’ title run a reality.
And in one final move prompted by superstition, Davidson handed over the baseball cap — the same style the Eagles wore en route to their 2006 baseball title and that his wife Kay can’t stand — to Broomfield super fan and linebacker Noah Dohm.
“Hopefully it brings you as much luck as it has brought to us,” Davidson told Dohm, whose team takes on Longmont in the Class 4A state semifinals on Saturday.
It was a moment a long time in the making for senior captain Joe Weiss. He eloquently recapped the Eagles’ journey from their impromptu summer get-togethers without their coaches, to their late season struggles and finally their playoff run that ended with a rousing 2-0 win over Boulder at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“My whole life I have been working towards this and it’s amazing to finally realize a dream like this,” Weiss said. “And having the whole community around me is just a great feeling.
“In the speech, I said that I love this school and I truly mean that. I love this school more than almost anything in the world.”
The state championship banner has already been stitched up and and is ready to hang on the gymnasium wall and comes with the added distinction of not just soccer champions, but 5A state champs.
It has now started to sink in for Davidson, who is on the mend from a slip on the ice that caused two broken ribs.
“The assembly puts closure on the season and now we can really start to reflect and let the dust settle,” said Davidson. “We have won four times prior to this one and I have yet to solve that puzzle. We’ll have to get together as a staff and really think about what our approach will be next year.”
That being said, the Eagles have some very key pieces coming back off of a team that graduates just five players.
Every individual student-athlete was awarded a medal of recognition and a plaque to commemorate their accomplishments.
Licata was the individual champion on the floor exercise, scoring a 9.7, earlier this month at the Class 5A state meet at Thornton High School. Holbrook won with the same score on arguably the state’s toughest apparatus, the balance beam.
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