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Thanks for a memorable season, Lynx
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

November 15. 2012 3:57PM
Before I left for the DakotaDome Saturday, I was talking with my mom about the big game that was on tap that night. Of course I boasted about the Lynx and their undefeated season but I also told her that our team was going up against the other best program in the state, Sioux Falls Washington. They, too, I told her, also had an undefeated season on the line.

“Tonight,” I said, “one of these teams is going to lose, and I sure hope it’s not the Lynx.”

Unless you’ve literally been unconscious, we all know the result of the Class 11AA title game: Warriors 35, Lynx 20.

And although the first place hardware is destined for a trophy case at Washington High, Brandon Valley certainly has no reason to hang their heads. What a season, boys, what a season!

Speakers at Sunday’s welcome home celebration said it best:

Randy Marso, activities director: “This is a celebration of excellence.”

Superintendent Dave Pappone: “This is a special team.”

Jay Rasmussen, school board president: “You are the legacy called ‘Brandon Valley.’ ”

Gregg Talcott, principal: “They carried the (Lynx) flag for the school, this community … for the ESD and for the people who said if you’re not from Sioux Falls, you can’t compete.”

I don’t know what more can possibly be said about this team, the coaching staff, its supporting cast and the wealth of community support. Simply from my observation, I believe Brandon Valley’s fans outnumbered Washington’s fans 2 to 1. Fan support is one competition no other school can beat Brandon Valley in.

I believe the t-shirt designed to commemorate the school’s first return trip to the dome, “One team. One dream. One family,” said it best.

Because here at Brandon Valley we are all one.

So congratulations Lynx, on a memorable, record-setting and exciting season.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are stuffing, flour, sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips. The BAFP continues to have an ample supply of canned vegetables. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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