An era ended for the Thrash family on Saturday night.
But it came to a golden ending.
Cheyenne-Reydon's Brad Thrash, coaching one of his sons for the final time, won his fifth state championship as a coach — but first with one of his four boys in uniform.
Austin Thrash scored a game-high 25 points to lead the top-ranked Bears to a 51-30 win over No. 10 Merritt in the Class A boys state championship game at State Fair Arena.
Brad Thrash coached three of his four sons, Austin, Dane and Colby, and still regrets not getting the chance to coach his oldest, Devon.
“It's been a blast. I'd suggest every coach who has kids do it,” Brad Thrash said. “Coach them and enjoy them. It's just so fun.
“I always knew if I could win it with one of my sons that it would be special, special. And it is. It's unbelievable.”
His sons enjoyed playing for him as much as he loved coaching them.
“It's been great,” said Austin, who plans to play at Northwestern Oklahoma State next year. “He's hard on me, but I think he's one of the greatest coaches in Oklahoma. He knows the game and he's taught me everything he knows. It's been a blessing.”
The third-youngest of the four boys, Dane Thrash, was an assistant this season as well.
“After you play for somebody like dad, you can't play for anybody else,” Dane said. “It was so special to be a part of this. Austin is the best player out of all of us. He's always been the most unselfish, the most talented.
“We're all so happy he could finally get it done for dad.”