As a senior on the hockey team this year, I was given another first hand look at what MWHS pride is all about. Looking back on the season, it was a privilege to play with a group of guys that worked hard and pushed themselves to improve all winter. Through the ups and downs that come with any sport, our team was able to bond. With each pasta feed and day at the rink, our team grew closer and closer together. As we look at other teams around the state, it is obvious that this type of camaraderie is beginning to fade. Many private and/or larger schools build their teams with kids from all over the region. Here at Mound-Westonka, we get to experience a bond with our teammates that other schools just can't replicate.
Our team was extremely fortunate to receive great fan support throughout the year. Whether they were adorned in blaze orange or participating in a "red out", our fans definitely gave us a home-ice advantage. Some dedicated students even made trips as far as Little Falls to show their support. The team is very appreciative!
After we capped off the regular season with a memorable victory over the Orono Spartans, it was time for the section playoffs. As in past years, this came with some new hairstyles for the boys. The fact that every guy was willing to bleach his hair showed me just how dedicated we are to our team. Those golden heads showed everyone that we are proud to call ourselves White Hawk hockey players.
Although our quarterfinal loss came with a lot of grief, it allowed me to reflect on just how great my experience as a White Hawk hockey player has been. I wouldn't have wanted to spend my career with any other group of guys, and I will never forget the memories that were made along the way. Playing my last game in front of so many of my classmates, friends, and teachers was an amazing feeling. Even with the roads covered in snow, so many of you made the trek out to Parade Stadium to cheer us on. Once again, this proved just how special the Westonka community is. I am proud to be a White Hawk.
Jack, Hunter, Jude, Mark, Ross and Chase
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