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PHOTOS: FHS softball celebrates state championship with community celebration

The varsity softball team takes a group picture with the younger FGFA players in attendance. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 9
Two of the Tiger's MSHSL state championship softball plaques are displayed along with a FHS softball helmet that will be displayed at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 9
Senior captain Catie Dully gives a recap of the season. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 9
Athletic Director Bill Tschida tells a few jokes about his interactions with the President of the Tiger Fan Club Boosters and the celebration's master of ceremonies, Steve Berdan. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 9
FHS Principal Jason Berg tells a few interesting stories about the softball team's state championship run. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 9
Senior captain Maddie Muelken thanks her coaches, school administrators, community organizations/members and family during her speech. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 9
Athletic Director Bill Tschida, along with senior captains Catie Dully (center), Maddie Muelken (right) and Emily Berdan (left), reveal the updated FHS softball banner. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 9
Emily Berdan, one of three senior captains, addresses over 150 people during the softball team's state championship celebration. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 9
Head coach Paul Harrington gives the keynote address about how his team persisted and was resilient all season. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 9

The Farmington High School softball team held a celebration Tuesday, July 25, in the recital hall at FHS in front of over 150 people to honor their state championship. The team's state title is the first team state championship in FHS sports history.

The FHS band performed to start the event and Steve Berdan, president of the Tiger Fan Club Boosters, served as the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker was head coach Paul Harrington, along with individual speeches by the three senior captains: Maddie Muelken, Emily Berdan and Catie Dully. Guest speakers were athletic director Bill Tschida, school board member Steve Corraro, FGFA president Mike Moe and FHS principal Jason Berg.

Tschida and the three senior captains unveiled the FHS softball banner that was updated to show their most recent section and state titles. Two MSHSL state championship plaques were also displayed, along with a FHS softball helmet that will be displayed at Target Field in the town ball display.

The event ended with a group picture of the varsity softball team and all FGFA youth players in attendance, and then a video looking back upon the season. A reception with refreshments and cookies was held afterwards.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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