The Bell was waiting outside the gym as the jayvee victors emerged from the locker room showered and changed, ready to head home for turkey dinner. The varsity Pioneers were still celebrating. They grabbed the younger players as they emerged from the gym one by one and insisted that each clang the Bell, stake his claim to it.
Kirkwood had the Bell, and Webster Groves would have its state championship. The young Pioneers would walk with a swagger for the rest of the year, and the Webster jayvees still had two or three years to avenge their loss. It was as close to a perfect ending as anyone could ask.
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