Dream Comes True for NM Six

THE DREAM CONTINUES. Jason LaRue hold the state-qu alifying banner along with members he coached. From left, Kassidi Steel, Lyddia Stodghill, Cheyenne Shaw, Emma Tyrrel, Jade Hay and Paige Layman.

For 100 years it has been the dream of Iowa girls to one day step onto the court in Des Moines and play in a state tournament.

Six girls from North Mahaska saw their high school team play and win the 2012 state championship. The bond formed watching the 2012 Warhawks hoist the trophy and celebrate set in motion a desire to go to the “Well” and make their own state appearance.

In 2011-12 coaches Jason LaRue an Acacia Morris gathered together a group of young girls, fourth graders at the time, that began playing together. Five of them still play together and one, whom the girls played against, is now one of them.

Paige Layman, Cheyenne Shaw, Kassidi Steel, Lyddia Stodghill, and Emma Tyrrel were the original members of Jason LaRue’s team in 2012. They played against Jade Hay, who now attends North Mahaska and has become part of the run to state. To say they are close is an understatement.

When Shaw has qualified for state cross country, they were there to support her. When members of the team qualified for state track, they were there. When Hay was injured last season and could not play in the final two tournament games last season, after the game each girl went into the stands to greet her. They shared the pain.

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