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Emotions are still high this week in the High Plains community, where the Storm did something no other team has been able to do since the school consolidated 15 years ago.
Though many High Plains teams have made the state playoffs in various sports, including last year’s oh-so-close runner-up finish in boys basketball, this was the first team to win a state championship. That’s a very big deal for the kids, coaches, parents and fans, an accomplishment all will be able to think back on years from now and say “2015 was the year we were state champs.”
Time after time you hear coaches and players say it’s the relationships that last, not necessarily the memory of wins and losses. That’s so true, yet there is also something very special about hoisting a state championship trophy and what that means to a community. It represents a stake in the ground, a priceless moment in time, and a testament to this group’s talent, teamwork and dedication.
In High Plains’ case, it’s a broad community, with students coming to school from rural areas in several directions. That can create challenges in terms of creating the sense of unity every school prides itself on, but 15 years after Polk-Hordville and Clarks became one there’s no question that Storm Fever is alive and well.
It’s a pleasure for the News-Register to cover this team, this school and this proud regional community.
What these players will realize more over the years is how their success on the hardwood brought their community together as one. As exciting as it was to watch the postseason run on the court, especially that heroic fourth-quarter comeback win in the title game, the energy in the stands and amongst anyone with ties to the school was electric as well.
That’s good stuff, filled with memorable moments that will be etched in stone for those both watching and playing the game in Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Congratulations to Coach Cameron Hudson, his fine bunch of basketball players and everyone who wears or has ever worn the Storm’s red and blue. You are indeed, State Champs!
Kurt Johnson

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