The LEAP Student Blog
Lindsey Lindgren | Oakesdale HS: "We Are The Champions"
Hi, my name is Lindsey Lindgren and I am a junior at Oakesdale High School. In the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 we were the Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks that had made a legacy of having a three-peat championship streak. Luckily, I got to play on the 2013 State Championship team as a freshman with my sister who was a senior. After that Tekoa and Oakesdale split up but we remained the Nighthawks.
In 2014 it was our rebuilding year because we didn’t make it out of districts so we geared up for 2015 because we knew that it was going to be our year. We had one senior on the team. Our season began and we had some ups and some downs, but we stuck together and kept pushing through. We came to practice every day and brought the intensity of a championship team because at the end of every day that was what we wanted. We got to districts and ended up going into state second because we were beat by Pomeroy for the third time that year. We were so excited for our journey to state. We knew we would have to pick it up and work harder than ever.
Once we got to state the whole experience became so surreal. Being in the Yakima SunDome again was a great feeling. Experiencing all this with my team made it even more fun and brought us closer than we had ever been before. We started into our games and we knew what needed to be done. All we needed was four wins and we would be taking our gold ball back home. We won our first two games and proceeded to the quarterfinals where we faced Christian Faith. We knew they were going be tough but we brought everything we could and ended up winning! It was such an amazing feeling knowing that we were going to be in the 1B State Championship and it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly because we got to face Pomeroy one last time.
Our team was out for blood and knew that this was now or never. We were all psyched out of our minds and did everything to calm our nerves. It was game time and we knew how we wanted this to go. We lost our first game but we weren’t defeated because it gave us even more strength, desire, and will to win. So we dug down deep to find every last bit of energy and ended up beating them in 4.
We were the State Champions for the first time as just the Oakesdale Nighthawks. After that last point nothing could describe how proud I was to be a part of our community and team. I was definitely on cloud nine and will cherish those moments for the rest of my life.