While the first all-school Mass of the year Sept. 15 provided students, faculty, and staff a chance to celebrate our faith as a whole, The celebration added something extra special for those attending.
After the conclusion of Mass, Fr. Patrick Russell, St. Dominic’s Vice President for Mission and Identity, blessed the state championship rings for the girls' soccer team, which were bestowed after Mass in recognition of the Crusaders going 25-0 and winning the Class 3 title last spring.
The championship was the second straight for the team as the Crusaders won in 2019 before having the 2020 season canceled due to the pandemic.
In the opinion of forward Grace Bindbeutel ’22, getting to share such a moment with the entire school intertwined in a moment of faith, was perfect.
“It’s very cool and I like how everything was incorporated into the Mass because adding our faith into being able to celebrate this with the school makes it even more special,” Bindbeutel said. “Having the whole school here for this meant a lot because the whole school was a part of our journey the entire way. It just made sense that we got to celebrate with them.”
The title was the sixth in school history to go along with championships in 2001, 2007, 2012, 2013, and 2019.
Like Bindbeutel, Head Coach Greg Koeller said since the whole school was once again behind the team, it only made sense that the celebration takes place for all to witness.
“It’s just who we are,” Koeller said. “It’s such a great experience to make it there and then to see the support we get from everybody, the community, and the students, even alumni showed up, so it’s really special. To see the players share that right away – they don’t run to me, they run to the student section and that’s pretty cool to see.”