Perrysburg Yellow Jacket Maddy Williams, a senior, laughs while mingling with her teammates after a pep rally today at Perrysburg High School.
The band was blaring. The students were cheering. But there was something else needed at the pep rally today at Perrysburg High School for its girls soccer state championship team:
Star player Maddy Williams rang one of the black-painted bells parents had decorated for the players through the season.
"They were good luck, I guess," she said.
There was a fair amount of skill involved too in the Yellow Jackets' undefeated season (23-0) that ended in the first girls soccer crown coming to northwest Ohio.
Perrysburg beat Mason 1-0 on Friday on a penalty kick from Williams.
"They have a good work ethic," said Perrysburg senior Josh Kemp. He knows just how much work it takes, being on the boys soccer team.
Boys soccer made a run at the Division I state title in 2001, finishing as runner-up. It's been since the 1991 softball team that a school sport added the ultimate trophy to the school case.
"It was a pleasure coaching them," co-coach Jorge Diaz said of this year's soccer team.
Perrysburg Mayor Nelson Evans, a 1972 graduate of Perrysburg High School, and board of education member Barry Van Hoozen were among the city dignitaries who offered the team congratulations on behalf of the entire community.