St. Mary celebrates region title before leaving for All "A"
PADUCAH, KY -- Before they left for the All "A" State Tournament, St. Mary celebrated their 1st region title with cheers, signs, and hanging their first banner in 12 years.
"It is hard to get there even when you are the best team," head coach Greg Overstreet said. "There has been two or three years we have had in the last five or six, that we have had a chance to go and didn't."
That is why this week has been treated very carefully, with an emphasis on keeping things familiar.
"We tried to keep it as normal as possible," senior Patrick Hubert said. "Try not to put extra expectations on ourselves. Just practice like we always do, and play relaxed this week."
The Vikings believe they have an advantage over many of the teams that will be playing in this weeks tournament. With seven seniors on this years team, they are one of the most experienced teams in Frankfort.
"I feel like the senior mentality of this being our last year is starting to set in," said senior Wes Averill. "We have really buckled down."
"You never know with seven seniors what can happen," Hubert said. "Things could get going, we get hot, and end up playing on Sunday."
And it is that mentality that has the Vikings believing they can turn some heads this week.
"It doesn't matter who the best team is," Overstreet said. "Just the team that puts the best four games together."
The Vikings will begin the All "A" Tournament on Thursday night when they play Bishop Brossart.