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Falcons soar to their third straight state championship

By Brad Peers, KECI Sports, bpeers@keci.com
Published On: Jun 02 2014 06:33:37 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2014 12:16:46 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Florence Falcons made history over the weekend at the class B-C state tournament in Great Falls by bringing home a third-straight state title.

At the beginning of the season the Florence Falcons had one goal, win state, and that's exactly what they did Saturday afternoon.

"It was, it was easy, but it still was difficult because we still have some of the younger players who haven't been here and they still have a little bit of the jitters," said Florence senior Stephanie Drozdz.  "But we all worked together as a team and were able to pull it through."

"Well I told the girls leading up to this, especially the freshman, they can't take this for granted," said Florence head softball coach Rob Ralls.  "We at Florence just think we're gonna be here every year, you know? And it's gonna end sooner or later, so they gotta relish the moment."

After winning state the past two seasons, the Falcons say each title is special in its own way, but there's no denying this was the most meaningful.

"It's so special because the seniors mean a lot to this team," said Florence junior Megan Byrne.  "They work their butts off, they motivate us younger ones.  So to win with them this last time, it's so great."

"This is definitely the best win so far" said Drozdz.  "Just being a senior, having my last year, and to be behind the plate catching. So, it's great."

"Well, you know, I mean all year we knew we had the talent on the team to be back here," said Ralls.  "We just had to put it together at the right time. And you know, they played spectacular. You know, I'm proud of these girls."

With a chance to go for a fourth-straight title the Falcons say they hope to leave a legacy behind for future softball players.

"I just want to be someone that, you know, little kids can look up to and say I want to be like her," said Byrne.  "I think we've all kind of done that at winning three straight back-to-back championships."