MENTOR, Ohio — The welcome home event would go on no matter the outcome of the state finals.
But on Sunday, Cardinals fans got the chance to celebrate not only their team’s championship run, but their championship victory.
The Mentor High School gym was packed as the boys basketball team returned from Columbus with their first-ever state title.
“That’s our goal every year, it’s the only thing we look to, and the fact that we did it is just unbelievable,” said senior point guard Jeff Foreman.
He thanked the community members for their support and said the city deserves the title.
Head Coach Bob Krizancic said the team’s mental toughness, balance and unselfishness contributed to its success.
“Why we won it was the maturity and the mentality. Our kids grew up and became men,” he said.
Mentor took on Toledo Rogers in Division 1 Saturday, and though the Cardinals trailed by three at the half, in the end, Mentor won with a final score of 76-67.