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Tushka Lady Tigers bring state title back home


TUSHKA, OK -- When the Lady Tigers headed up to Oklahoma City earlier in the week, the goal was to bring a title back home with them. That's exactly what they did.

"Crazy, surreal, like a dream pretty much to me," said senior Katelyn Cook.

Class 4A's third ranked squad had a lot of work to do Wednesday.

The whole state tournament played out in one day. In that span they downed the other three top four team's in the state including last year's champion Dale in the title game.

It's a true testament to their hard work.

"We got great kids," head coach David Durbin said. "Great kids who put in dedication to get better and you see it come true."

It means a lot to the girls to win the softball program's first championship, but even more to their town, a place that hasn't seen a state title in anything for almost 50 years.

"For me it just means the world," Cook added. "We've been through it all together from the tornado and just adversity with all of us and for us to do this and bring this back to our community, it means a lot really."

The team needed the town and the town needed the team.

They filled the stands for all three contests yesterday and even the baseball team made the trek to cheer on their girls.

Without the relationship between the town and the team, none of it could've been possible.

"I just want to say thanks to our community and our fans for really supporting us for the last four years and through this whole process," senior Kayla Wilhite concluded.