Hermantown Celebrates State Title
Fans Welcomed Champion Hawks Home with Celebration
It was a heroes reception, as Hermantown welcomed back its State Championship hockey team.
“There’s tremendous support and tremendous involvement, that’s what really makes our program,” said Jim Koepke, father of Hawks’ senior Cole Koepke. “It’s much more than a hockey community.”
The Hawks beat Breck Saturday in their seventh straight state title game to win the school’s championship since 2007. But a little more than 24 hours after claiming the crown, what the Hawks accomplished still hadn’t set in.
“It still doesn’t seem real,” said senior Luke Olson. “As a kid growing up in Hermantown, seeing those teams go to State every year, it’s a dream come true.”
“I don’t think it will set in for a little bit,” added senior Eric Gotz. “The magnitude of what we did, having seven consecutive and finally pulling it out on that seventh one.”
Hermantown lost the last six finals making this title even sweeter.
“It’s definitely a relief, yeah,” said Olson, who was named to the All-Tournament Team. “All the alumni are pretty happy we won, I got a bunch of texts and snapchats after the game congratulating us. It’s a weight off our backs.”
Players weren’t the only ones relieved.
“It is great to get the monkey off the back,” said Koepke. “I didn’t want to come home and listen to it again.”
The monkey is off their backs, but in Hermantown, the expectations will always be high.