Jacksonville’s and Donoho’s volleyball teams once again gave us the thrill of advancing to the state finals.
Jacksonville won Thursday, beating Guntersville for the Golden Eagles’ first state title since back-to-back titles in 2007-08. They were runners-up a year ago.
Donoho lost to Addison but came one match away from a three-peat.
No matter the sport, there’s no story more exhilarating to cover than a local high school making a run to the state finals. Young people live out the well-earned thrill of their young lives. The school community comes alive and jumps all in.
Our area has been fortunate to see a lot of it, and Jacksonville’s and Donoho’s volleyball teams have contributed more than their share.
Jacksonville, thanks for the thrill of a great comeback after falling behind two sets in Thursday’s 4A final. Lots of joy showed in that group picture with the champion’s trophy, and it was good to see.
Donoho, I saw smiles in the group picture with the runner-up trophy. Those smiles are well deserved. What a run, these three years.
To both, thanks for the thrill of a great run.
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