Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Win or lose, thanks for ride, Jax and Donoho
by Joe Medley
Oct 31, 2013 | 1986 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Donoho's Kayla Wallace puts the ball over the net against Addison. The Donoho Falcons lost 3-0 to the Addison Bulldogs for the 1A state volleyball championship at Crossplex in Birmingham. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Donoho's Kayla Wallace puts the ball over the net against Addison. The Donoho Falcons lost 3-0 to the Addison Bulldogs for the 1A state volleyball championship at Crossplex in Birmingham. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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Jacksonville's Katie Neisler, the 4A MVP, celebrates with her team. The Lady Golden Eagles beat Guntersville 3-2 after falling behind by losing the first two games to win the Class 4-A state volleyball championship at Crossplex in Birmingham. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Jacksonville's Katie Neisler, the 4A MVP, celebrates with her team. The Lady Golden Eagles beat Guntersville 3-2 after falling behind by losing the first two games to win the Class 4-A state volleyball championship at Crossplex in Birmingham. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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They did it again.

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.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com.

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