SBL celebrates successful State tournament performance
Sergeant Bluff Luton making it all the way to the 3A championship game for a chance at their first state title in program history.
The battle against Cedar Rapids Xavier was back and forth all night with 21 lead changes. But SBL lost by only five points.
But getting to the state game wasn't easy and to celebrate the teams accomplishments players held their runner up trophy high and proud.
When getting back in town Sunday a loud round of applause by the whole community of Sergeant Bluff recognizing the team making it to state after a long 77 years.
"We caught a little bit of a spark towards the end of the season I'm not exactly sure how you explain it. We got tough competitors, kids that have put in a lot of time over the years so it just seemed like it was the right time," said Head Coach, Adam Vander Schaaf.
The team also took home the Sportsmanship award, Coach Vander Schaaf says he gives the credit to the parents and fans for the amount of support they showed at state and the amount of respect that was given to the other teams.
This moment was the last time the players and the crowd will be together in the same room. When speaking with the players, yes their biggest goal was to make it to state, but they never realized the bond that would be made between each other through the game of basketball.
"We just built a lot of confidence in each other and playing together, there's a bond that just won't be broken, we'll always be there each other when anybody needs it," said Senior, Chris Kroll.