Our Opinion: Braves keep Cherokee's heart beating

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Braves keep Cherokee's heart beating We can't think of enough good things to properly congratulate our Cherokee Braves baseball team in earning their second consecutive trip to the Iowa State Baseball Tournament in Des Moines.

We know how much work and dedication it takes for a high school baseball team to excel in achieving its goals.

We know the countless hours of early-morning practices and late-night games take their toll as the heat of summer and the long 30-40 game season runs its course. We know only the very best among us can continually pay that price and continue to meet and beat all odds on the way to another successful season.

We know the many sacrifices the players, coaches, parents, fellow-students, and fans must undertake to produce and support a winning team.

And we know the value of all these when we see the joyful faces of our team and coaches cavorting on the field in a huge display of love, affection, and admiration while the victory bells ring.

Such was the case with Cherokee's thrilling 7-2 conquest of a tough Spencer team in Class 3A Substate Tournament action in Storm Lake Wednesday night.

Played in stifling heat, the Braves were cool as the other side of the pillow in coming together on both offense and defense to win the game and earn a coveted trip to Principal Park in Des Moines next week.

Many players, coaches and fans can only dream of some day winning a trip to a state tournament. Now, the Braves have done it back-to-back in two different classes.

And, although we hate to say goodby to outgoing coach Andy Vanfossan and the incredible job he has done in keeping the Braves tradition-rich baseball team very much alive and well, we say "Good luck, Andy, and thanks for the memories!" Go Braves!