COOS BAY — Marshfield celebrated a banner year for sports and activities Tuesday by unveiling five new banners for the rafters of Pirate Palace.
“When things started happening earlier this year, I knew it was going to be an incredible school year for athletics and activities,” Marshfield athletic director Greg Mulkey told a large group of students, parents and supporters.
Things got better and better for the Pirates, culminating with a state championship in girls track and field to go with an earlier title in girls basketball — the first in school history for that sport.
Marshfield, which hangs banners for any teams that finish first or second in state, also has new banners for football, wrestling and speech and debate, which all finished second.
Three other teams also earned state trophies — third in boys tennis and fourth in boys basketball and boys track and field — giving Marshfield a school record eight trophies for the school year.
“It’s incredible the success of these coaches and student-athletes,” Mulkey said.
Beyond those teams, Mulkey heralded the efforts of Marshfield’s squads on the league and regional level, including Far West League titles in football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls track and field and a regional title in wrestling. The boys cross country and soccer teams and the softball team also advanced to the postseason and the boys and girls swim teams finished second in their district championship.
Beyond their success on the field, a number of the teams finished in the top 10 for Class 4A in the academic all-state standings, including the dance team claiming the title and the boys and girls golf teams both finished second.
In addition to recognizing the teams, Mulkey also highlighted the feats of individuals, including state champion wrestlers Kody Koumentis, AJ Lira, Willy Jantzer, Garrett Lefebvre and Travis “Junior” Wittlake and track champions Tyler Post, Chase Howerton and Khaley Aguilar.
Another five Pirates finished in the top three in events in track and field and a bunch more were all-state in their sports or activities.
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Mulkey also passed credit on to the parents and fans.
“This is great for our community,” he said. “This community has supported athletics forever.”
The highlight of the event was when the banners were lowered one by one from the rafters.
At the end of the celebration, Mulkey asked the students to pose for a photo with the banners in the foreground to commemorate the occasion.
“I don’t know if that ever can be beat — five banners in one year,” he said.
With a large groups of students coming back in most of the sports that earned trophies this year, Marshfield could have another big year next year.
The success this year was a lot of fun, said junior Jazmin Chavez, who became the first Marshfield student to be part of two state champion teams in the same school year.
“It’s just a really cool feeling with all your teammates and all the hard work you put in,” said Chavez, who was a key member of both the basketball and track teams and also matched the second best finish in school history by placing third in the state cross country meet (Shaylen Crook was champion in 2013 and Stephanie Wessell also finished third in 1984).
“You have all these goals you work on as a team,” Chavez said. “To get (a championship) is amazing.”