The Washington High School boys soccer team was front and center Wednesday night at the board of education meeting.
The school board and district officials recognized the team and their coaches at the start of the meeting. Each player received a certificate from Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, along with a goody bag.
The team finished its season with a second-place finish Nov. 11 at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championship.
VanLeer called the team’s season “historic,” noting it’s the furthest a soccer team has ever gone in the district.
“You all showed tremendous grit and tenancity . . . and were a ton of fun to watch,” she said.
VanLeer said Blue Jay pride was evident by the large number of fans who turned out to watch as the team headed to state.
The team members are as follows:
Christian Longseth, Ottmar Escalante, Jared Lopez, Jake Fregalette, Zach Subke;
Trent Lewis, Michael Andrews, Conlan Jarvis, Brock Laughlin, Jeremiah Collins;
Marcus Berariu, Greg Kruse, Cody Pilgram, Gabe Lopez, Zach Batson, Tristan Sarchette;
Matt Ruth, Lane Miller, Andrew Eckelkamp, Josh Beuke, Noah Bay;
Zach Harms, Chase Hall, Carter Kleekamp, Caleb Bay and team manager Dalton Cruzen.
The head coach is Derek Schriewer.
The soccer team also recently served as the grand marshal of the Downtown Washington Inc. Holiday Parade of Lights.