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Oregon-Davis players and fans celebrate state title

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The celebration for the girls' Oregon-Davis basketball team moved from Terre Haute where the team won the state title on Saturday back to Hamlet, Sunday. Fans gathered in the gym at Oregon-Davis High School.  Bonnie Smith was one of the many people in attendance. She and her children are Oregon-Davis graduates and says she has been a life-long fan.  

"We feel their pain when they're in pain. We love them. We cry with them and we just experience so much joy when we see them," Bonnie said.  

Fans of the Lady Cats are not just in Hamlet. Support for the team came in from Knox, Koontz Lake, and North Judson. Lady Cats supporters are even found in South Bend. That is where Mike Szedenik is from and found himself front row for the celebration in Hamlet. We hardly slept at all last night. We watched the tape and they played flawlessly. They're all-stars and we love every one of them." Mike said.  

The team fully understands how much support the fans give them and what they mean to the community. Senior guard Alicia McIntosh says that the fans' support is easily noticed. "You would never know we're a small school. We go in crowds. We pack the gym every single time so it's incredible that they back us up and that they're there for us," Alicia said.  

In case hearing it from the players' mouths was not enough, the team also made it a part of their introductions to acknowledge their fans. "When they come out, they always give everybody a kiss so that makes everybody feel just like they're your kids," Mike said.  

Also joining in on the festivities were members of the 2007 Oregon-Davis girls basketball team who won the state title that year. Daughters of Head Coach Terry Minix were members of that team. They say that this year's squad will cherish this experience.  

"You just feel blessed when you see all the people come out for you and to be able to give back to them who gave out so much to you over the year," Gabrielle Minix said.

"I mean they're in store for a lifetime memory that they'll never forget," Aubrey Minix said.  

Coach Minix also had a daughter on this year's team, Lexi. She said she hopes to win another state title to have more than her older sisters.  

The celebration gave fans the opportunity to take photos with the team and trophy. There was also a video made showing the championship run. Senior forward Haley Collings talked about what winning the state title meant and described the journey to get it. "It's an honor to be able to bring it. We've been working our butts off since fifth grade and now to finally say our hard work has paid off is awesome," she said.

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