Remsen St. Mary's downs West Sioux, wins first state title since 1985

The Hawks finished the season on a 22-game winning streak

By Alex Walker |

Published 07/30 2016 05:33PM

Updated 07/30 2016 11:15PM

Remsen St. Mary's beat No. 3 West Sioux 8-5 Saturday afternoon to clinch its first state championship since 1985.

The Hawks won three consecutive state titles from 1983-1985 and Saturday's championship capped a 22-game winning streak to end the season.

For the Falcons, the loss stings, but this season was still historic.

"It's unforgettable," said West Sioux senior Porter Hummel. "This season has been amazing, teammates we came together and out of the times we fought back and we were down and it didn't look like we could win, but we turned it around and had some magic in the end. It's been an unbelievable season."

"We didn't play West Sioux baseball," said West Sioux head coach Brian Engleman. "We pride ourselves for years that we played good defense and pitched well. You can't give a team like Remsen St. Mary's that many breaks, too many outs and we gave them and so you do that with those guys, they are going to beat you."

"I am proud of the kids," said Remsen St. Mary's head coach Dean Harpenau. "Blessed with good kids. It's been 31 years and it feels so good for these kids to enjoy a state championship like my son. It's really emotional."

"It's really special for us," said Remsen St. Mary's senior Brady Harpenau. "It's something that we have talked about since I could probably start swinging a bat. Being able to get it done is really awesome."

"I was stuck on the bottom again," said Hawk senior Connor Clark. "It was a little better this time. I didn't get stepped on as much, but the worst part is Harp grabbed my head and started shaking me and then he started slapping me and he didn't realize how hard he was going. He was pretty much punching me as hard as he could."

Congrats again to both the Hawks and Falcons on fantastic seasons.

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