TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – It was a heroes welcome in the streets of Toledo.
Saturday, city leaders organized a parade to honor the Rogers High School girls’ basketball team for winning a state championship last month.
“Just to see all of Toledo here and supporting us. It feel amazing,” said junior point guard Zia Cooke.
People from all over turned out to celebrate the Lady Rams’ 51, 37 win over Gilmour Academy in Columbus.
“This year these girls worked very hard, they dialed in, and I’m so proud of them because they’re a special group,” said Lady Rams head coach Lamar Smith. “They’re like a family.”
The well-deserved fanfare was a long time in the making as the last time a Toledo girls’ basketball team brought home a state title was in 1981.
“It didn’t just happen,” said Cooke. “We worked for it, of course. The off-season, in-season—we worked for everything that we have. So, I just can’t say it enough. It’s just amazing what it is.”
Recognition on Toledo’s streets wasn’t all the title-winning team got. At a rally in Promenade Park Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz presented the team with a coveted key to the city.
“We’re just going to enjoy this with Toledo,” said Smith. “We made history and we’re just excited to bring it back home to our city.”
While they’re taking time to enjoy their victory now, the Lady Rams say they’re eager to get back to the court to, hopefully, repeat their success next season.
“Another state championship is what we want and we’re just going to keep working hard,” said Cooke