Edmond Santa Fe has played with heavy hearts for the last month.
On Feb. 13, senior Daisha Gonzaque's father died. Then last Saturday, coach Paul Bass' father, Bob, who hasn't missed a game since his son has been the Wolves' coach, was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia in his left lung.
“It means so much that we could do this for my dad and for coach Bass' dad,” Gonzaque said after the Wolves beat Edmond Memorial 44-41 for the Class 6A state championship Saturday. “It means more than we could ask for. I know he's looking down on us, and maybe he helped us out a little bit there at the end.”
Bob Bass has spent the last week in the Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, but was moved to a regular room Saturday, just in time to watch the Wolves' 44-41 win over Edmond Memorial in the championship game on television.
“He's gonna be happy when I bring that gold ball into his room in the hospital,” Paul Bass said.
FOUR SCHOOLS DOUBLE UP
Four teams had both their boys and girls teams in championship games Saturday, tying a state tournament record.
Anadarko, Edmond Memorial, Northeast and Tulsa East Central had both of their teams playing in championship games.
The only other time that has happened came in 1991 when Eagletown, Millwood, Okmulgee and Star Spencer each had teams in the finals.
That year, only Millwood's boys, Okmulgee's girls and Star Spencer's girls won titles of the group.
With this year's group, at least one school has sent both of its teams to the championship in each of the last 12 seasons. The last teams to sweep basketball championships in a class was Pawnee and Preston, which accomplished the feats in 2009.
INJURED RAMIREZ WATCHES WITH PRIDE
Shawnee's Caitlyn Ramirez entered her senior season with high expectations, but tore her ACL before the first game.
Ramirez, who signed with Tulsa in November, watched the Wolves go unbeaten and win the Class 5A championship with a 44-41 victory over Tulsa East Central on Saturday.
“It's definitely been a roller coaster for me,” Ramirez said of the season. “It was really frustrating, but I believed in them the whole time. I'm very proud of them.”
Tulsa coach Matilda Mossman, who watched Saturday's game, said she thinks Ramirez's injury will make her even more hungry to get started next season at TU.