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  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • SHA fell one win short of a second state title in three years as it was downed by Pittsford in the Class D championship game. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)

EAST LANSING - Whether tears of joy or tears of sadness, you know the emotions are going to be worn on sleeves at the state finals.

When Sacred Heart won its first-ever Class D state championship in girls basketball two years ago, the everlasting images are those of teared-up players or coaches. There was lone Irish senior Sara Hansen walking off the floor wiping a tear away as a state champion. Head coach Damon Brown hugged his wife Keisha and daughter Angel, which he says is the last great memory they had as a family before Keisha died less than a month later at the age of 42.

The tears, or at least the heavy emotions that come from the specialness of the moment, were evident from the get-go Saturday morning as SHA battled top-ranked and undefeated Pittsford in the state title contest.

About an hour before tip-off at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Brown sat for five minutes in the exact seat Keisha was in two years ago as she cheered Sacred Heart to a 56-53 win over Crystal Falls Forest Park.

“Far end zone, fifth row, second seat,” Brown stated.

Sacred Heart ended up losing three or so hours later by a count of 48-30 to a power-packed Pittsford squad that was on a mission after blowing a 20-point advantage the previous season as Class D runner-ups.

A packed Irish cheering section was minus one beloved person Saturday, that of course being Keisha.

“Keisha was always here this time of year,” Brown said. “It’s the time of year she loved. She knew we’d be together as a family. The quarter final game was always one that Keisha lived for, because that was the hump game against a tough opponent to get to the Breslin Center. It’s really bittersweet at certain times being back here without her.”

Damon had lost his first two times going to the quarterfinals, which was a feeling Keisha understood fully as she lost her first Class D quarterfinals game in 2005 as Sacred Heart boys varsity coach before leading the way to a state runner-up appearance the following year.

“She was coaching me as a coach,” he smiled.

The numerous advices Keisha delivered over the years certainly paid off as Damon was named earlier this week as the AP Class D Coach of the Year in the state of Michigan, guiding the Irish to 24 victories and very nearly a second state championship in three years.

When the Irish qualified for the state semifinals with the narrowest of wins over Gaylord St. Mary’s, he had only one explanation for how the end of the game transpired.

“We won that game after Gaylord St. Mary’s missed a last-second layup,” Brown explained. “I was overcome with emotion because I knew that was Keisha. That was her pushing me through, keeping me motivated. She gave me the things I needed to be successful. That’s why I was so emotional, because I wanted to get back there for her.”

And the Irish did more than simply get there as they bested Stephenson 45-38 Thursday night in the semifinals to slide into Saturday’s spotlight affair.

It not only allowed Brown to experience more Breslin memories that he had in 2014 with Keisha, but also provided the two Sacred Heart seniors – Averi Gamble and Megan English – a chance to play in a second state title game during their special prep careers.

The senior duo could not walk off into the sunset as state champions once more, but can take plenty of solace in the fact they already tasted the 2014 title and can now add a runner-up trophy to the case at Sacred Heart. English can also say she is a multiple-time state champion, having been part of the historic Irish cross country team last fall.

Surely the tears would fall as Gamble and English spoke in glowing terms about their memorable ride these past four years.

“I’m just going to state this now but I’m probably going to cry,” said Gamble, the Class D Player of the Year. “It’s been amazing.”

Gamble needed a moment to compose herself at that point, so English continued.

“It’s been better than we ever could have imagined with this team,” said English, also fighting back tears.

Although it was already evident how much they cared about Sacred Heart girls basketball and the school in general, Gamble gave further perspective once she managed to clear away the tears.

“It doesn’t always have to be about winning,” Gamble said. “Just being with these girls is a blessing in itself.”

English echoed those sentiments.

“The way these girls compete all 32 minutes is amazing,” English stated. “I wouldn’t want to play with any other team or finish with any other team.”

They were speaking of the young cast around them, with a core that includes a freshman and several sophomores plus a junior.

As the youngest of them all, freshman point guard Scout Nelson shined early as her two 3-pointers helped the Irish remain tied midway through the second quarter.

Nelson had dreamed for so long about one day playing in the state finals, no different than Gamble and English had prior to achieving the dream two years ago.

“I’ve always wanted to come here and play in front of this many people,” Nelson said, mixing smiles with tears. “It was amazing playing with these seniors this year. They really took me under their wing. I was so young and at first I had no idea what I was doing. But they really led me to be more in control. I’m just thankful to them for this season.”

Brown also credited his seniors as being the catalysts as there were plenty of naysayers who did not think the Irish had the moxie to make a trip to the Breslin Center because of the young roster.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” Brown said, with Gamble on his left and English to his right at the press conference. “They battled. These two were great leaders for us this year. They experienced a championship two years ago and knew what it took to get here. They sacrificed and committed themselves. When you have a team as young as we have, I couldn’t ask any more of seniors and more importantly my captains. That’s why they’re to my right and left. They’ve been my right and left hand all season.”

His right hand, his left hand and the never-forgotten hand from above.

Damon Brown was in a perfect place Saturday morning.

Last Updated: 3/19/2016 3:47:26 PM EST