I got to see a little history in the making today.
Moses Lake girls soccer just won its first district championship, and I say good for them. And not only did the Chiefs win their first title, but they did it against the Richland Bombers at Bomber Field. I need to do the math on this someday, but I bet it doesn't take very long to count up the number of losses Richland has had on their home field over the years.
I've always been a big fan of teams rising in the ranks, making themselves better day-by-day, year-by-year. It's been a long time coming for the Chiefs program, but they've got the right guys running the show now with Ricardo Char and Matt Armstrong as coaches.
Plus, they've got a great base of underclassmen that could keep them in the running for at least the next few seasons. If you don't think they can keep it up at Moses Lake, ask the top-ranked Southridge girls. The Suns could barely win a game, let alone a league or district title before Greg Sambrano came along and turned things around.
Look at what is happening at Hanford, where Mart Oostrum is putting Falcons soccer back on the map.
I'm not saying it's all coaching. That certainly helps, but any coach worth his or her salt knows you can't do it without the players doing their jobs.
So here's to the Moses Lake Chiefs for getting it done Saturday afternoon.
It was a win that will echo within that program for a long time, but if they can keep up their vision and keep a strong base of players going through, there's no reason they can't start building their own winning tradition.
But for now, welcome to the club.