The Caribou Vikings are on their way to Portland and the State Championship game tomorrow afternoon. The Vikings captured their first Regional Championship since 1983 last Saturday and now they are focused on bringing a gold ball back to Caribou.
Rene Cloukey has the story.
It has been quite a run for the Caribou boys basketball team. They picked up an exciting win over Hermon in the Regional game last Saturday. It wasn't easy, but the Vikings held off the defending State Champions and ended their 42 game winning streak.
(Kyle Corrigan):"It is probably the best feeling I have had in a long time if not the best feeling in my entire life. It is one of those things everyone said we were the underdog and really we were as far as records go."
(Austin Findlen):"It is awesome. We proved some people wrong. There were some fans out there that knew we had the potential to make it here. They believed in us and it feels good to be here now."
(Parker Deprey):" We never really spoken about it, but we knew that was our goal all year and now the State Championship. We were all super excited and the best moment ever."
The Caribou boys last won a State title back in 1969 on Mike Thurston's last second shot. Caribou has captured two more Regional titles since then, but both times they lost in the State Game. The players and coach says the fan support and the excitement around the city is unreal
Corrigan:" We had a ton of fans down there all week and everything the town has been doing."
Findlen:"Around town everywhere we go we walk into a restaurant or a store there will be people in there saying good luck and good game and things like that."
Deprey:" From writing on snowbanks to the Viking Burger at the Par and Grill. Fan support and people I don't even know coming up to me and saying what a great job we are doing."
Caribou has shown it can win in many different ways from a fast paced game to a defensive battle. Saturday will be another tough test for the Vikings as they take on Class B South Champion Cape Elizabeth who will have the size advantage. Corrigan says the players know what is at stake
Corrigan:" The Gold Ball is the ultimate goal for any team really. We are happy to be the Northern Maine Regional Champs and happy to have the opportunity."
The players have shown all year that they love the love the big stage and the stage tomorrow will be the biggest of the year. Rene Cloukey NewsSource Sports