Byron High School was consumed in Tiger pride on Monday. Byronites from all ages were in attendance to celebrate a terrific season in winter athletics. The Byron Cheer team, two-time wrestling state champion Nolan Baker, and of course the back-to-back state champion Lady Tigers basketball team headlined the group of tremendous student-athletes.
“Not many towns can you know boast the accomplishments we have,” says Baker. “So just to see everyone out here and the smiles it really shows how much the State titles pay off.”
“It’s amazing to have,” says Byron girls basketball state champion Bailey Burrows. “Especially all those people at the state game that were there. It’s just unbelievable. It’s a two-hour drive, and that late at night for people to take the time to come down, support us then, and the people that we’re here today it’s unbelievable.”
It’s been a whirl win of emotions for these athletes. For some of them what they’ve accomplished still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
“I’m still kind of getting over that’s time playing together,” says Byron girls basketball state champion Sarah Hopkins. “There’s now way, I don’t think any of pictured us to be able to call ourselves like a two-time state champ.”
“I mean it’s sunken in,” says Baker. “But I probably will never be able to appreciate it like someone watching me has appreciated it you know.”
“It was weird I didn’t have practice today,” says Burrows. “But it was amazing. I don’t think it’s ever going to really sink in until maybe next year when I’m not playing you know high school basketball. But I loved every minute of it. It was awesome.”