Congrats to Chippewa Hills

After the starting gun for the final race of Saturday’s MHSAA Division 2 Track

 and Field State Finals went off and the race then ended, Chippewa Hills girls coach Sally Schafer and her team waited patiently as the field announcer started to list the top 10 teams for the day.

As the read out got down to the top three teams, Warrior athletes and coaches waited nervously to hear their name called. That anticipation soon turned to exhilaration when the Warriors were given the official news that they had just won their first MHSAA state title in program history.

On Saturday, the Warriors proved they belong among the elite teams in the state.

In the post-meet interviews, Schafer spoke about how this title is another “building block” for the program and how all of the accomplishments the Warriors have experienced prior to this have helped build the foundation for Saturday’s title.

We believe “building block” is a fitting analogy given the way the Warriors have steadily built their program from the ground up, and they have no plans to stop that project anytime soon.

The foundation for success started with a run of 12-straight Central State Activities Association (CSAA) titles. It has continued with three-straight regional titles in the past three seasons before the Warriors experienced another program-first just last weekend by winning their first Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) Division 2 state title.

In a sport that celebrates individual success, the Warriors won the state title on Saturday because of the dedication each of those athletes showed in doing what was best for the team instead of focusing on their individual efforts.

One of the best examples of that came from Chippewa Hills senior Megan O’Neil, who was competing in her last state finals meet in her prep career.

For an athlete who came into the weekend as the defending champion in the 800 and 1600, O’Neil said the team success she’s experienced this season is far better than any individual honor she’s earned in her career with the Warriors.

“I’ve had a lot of individual success over the years, but team success this season has been that much sweeter,” she said.

We believe this statement sums up why the Warriors came away as the best team on Saturday.

They truly did it as a team.

Like the track team, Chippewa Hills’ softball team continued its path to becoming a perennial power on the state level with its second-straight district title on Saturday.

Just like their track counterparts, the softball team has done it the old fashioned way as the Warriors have built on a foundation that started with only three conference losses in the last two years and was added to Saturday with a defense of their Division 2 district title.

Coach R.D. Denslow has built a program that reloads with talent every season and those players come in knowing they have to continue building on the work the classes that have come before them started.

Sounds like there still might be some more hardware coming back to the trophy case this summer.

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