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Howland boys soccer deserves much praise

A season with 21 wins, one loss and one tie is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

That’s especially true when the one loss was in the state championship finals.

Howland boys varsity soccer team has every reason to be proud of its season that just ended Sunday at the Division II state championship at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus when the team fell 1-0 to Tipp City Tippecanoe.

Coach Brian Stiles shared a similar sentiment after the game when he spoke highly of his team and pointed out that sometimes it just comes down to an unfortunate bounce.

That’s not to minimize the amount of pain the team no doubt felt Sunday after walking away without the championship trophy, especially after it had so much success the rest of the season.

The team members should hold their heads high and be proud of what they accomplished.

Howland senior defender Peter Lerakis said this after Sunday’s game: “We made it to regional, through regional and to the state championship match. It was a great year for the program, but we just fell short today against another great team. Still, it was an amazing season and an amazing feeling out there today.”

Good for him and for all the players.

We know, as their coach said, they will be hungry again next season.

We will stand at the ready to, once again, give this talented team the coverage it deserves.

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