"Don't quit until the job gets done," the Oregon-Davis girls basketball team sung inside their high school gym Sunday during a welcome home celebration after capturing the 1A State Championship Saturday in Terre Haute.
Oregon-Davis indeed got the job done, capturing the school's 2nd ever state title. Sunday, they celebrated with their entire community.
It's been the best weekend of my life," senior Alicia McIntosh said. "Coming into this tournament, you don't always expect to win a state championship. To win it, for this town right here it's awesome. It;s just incredible."
The Bobcats introduced each player, who made their entrance out of the stands with a spotlight shining bright on them. Now one received a big ovation than senior Ashley Campbell, who Saturday set the 1A State Finals record with 35 points.
When she was introduced again later in Sunday's celebration, Campbell received a standing ovation from the crowd--causing her to break down in tears.
"Just seeing your friends and the people you've grown up with your entire life--just knowing how happy they were and that knowing you can share it with them, you can beat that," Campbell said. "Just knowing this is everything you ever worked for and it came true, knowing you are a state champion--nothing compares to it."
Oregon-Davis coach Terry Minix stood at the end of the gym for the entire ceremony even walking about when he got a hit that someone might try to pull him in---that's when his daughter Lexi, a sophomore on the Bobcats squad, raced into the hallway, grabbed and pulled him back into the gym to celebrate with everyone else.
That included Terry's wife Cheryl, an assistant coach for the Bobcats and his two other daughters, Aubrey and Gabi, who were on the 2007 Oregon-Davis squad that won it all.
Incredible that Terry and Cheryl have now coached all three of their daughters to state championships.
"That's just surreal, It's amazing," Terry Minix said. "To do that--I'm blessed. "To do it with my wife as one of my assistants and to have three daughters having state championship rings, very special."
The family posed for a photo with both state championship trophies after the ceremony.
"Not many families get to say their entire family has won a state championship," Lexi Minix said. "Now I don't have to listen to my sisters telling me they one-upped me--now we are only a level playing field."
Of course, Lexi has two seasons of basketball left. She'd like nothing more than to win another state title to have one up on both her sisters.