[Gary E Duncan Sr for Shaw Media]
"If you would've told me that we'd be in the state championship game on June 8th [at the beginning of the year], I'm not sure [what to believe]," North Stars coach Todd Genke said.
"The best part moving forward is we're so young," Genke continued. "I told every guy I put a medal on tonight: 'Hey, you be ready for next year, and you'll be the ones celebrating on the other side of the field.'"
The game was the culmination to quite an athletic year for several of North's players. Several of them, including Hein, DeMarco and Brown, were part of the North Stars' Class 7A state runners-up in football.
"I've made some memories I'm never going to forget," Brown continued "I've made some best friends coming into this year, I never talked to them," Brown said while motioning toward Hein. "It's just really tough because some of these guys are my best friends and I have to say goodbye to them."