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Community members and fans gather Friday to watch net cutting to commemorate 2021 2A state title

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - The Gervais girls basketball team was escorted around town for a championship parade on Friday, greeting community memebers and throwing out candy to eager children curbside.PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Sophomore Izzy Boyd cuts down one of the strings on the net to keep as a keepsake. All members of the team, including coaching staff, junior varsity members and the statistician took part in the net-cutting.Three weeks was hardly enough time to wipe the championship glow off the faces of the Gervais girls basketball team, who gathered at Gervais High School on Friday to celebrate their 2021 2A state championship.

Led by a police escort, the Cougars paraded about town to commemorate the team's 12-0 perfect season, which culminated in a 49-41 victory over Salem Academy in the title game on June 26 at Ridgeview High School. The win brought home the high school's first state championship trophy in any sport since the girls basketball program won the 2A title in 1994.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais' Josie Schultz is bracketed by teammates Ava Sellers (left) and Izzy Boyd (right), representing part of the incoming sophomore class eager to take the reins from the departing seniors and defend the championship trophy.PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Sophomore guard Sofia Contreras was the lone member of the team unable to make it to the celebration in person, but she participated through video chat, held aloft by older sister and senior Isabel Contreras.Following the parade, parents and community members were invited to the high school gymnasium for a season-ending showcase of both boys and girls basketball teams. The girls concluded the event by presenting head coach Kyle Buse with a photo album consisting of pictures from the past several seasons, followed by cutting down the nets at each ends of the court.PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Head Coach Kyle Buse was presented with a surprise gift toward the end of the celebration — a photo album put together by members of the team with pictures, newspaper clips and letters to memorialize the seasons leading up to the 2021 state title.


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