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October 30, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Marysville-Pilchuck thanks Oak Harbor with trophy

Oak Harbor has twice made kind-hearted gestures toward the Marysville-Pilchuck football team in the wake of last Friday’s tragic shooting. On Wednesday, the Tomahawks decided it was time they returned the favor.

So, they surprised Oak Harbor at practice with the league championship trophy.

“We thought it was something that we had to do,” Marysville-Pilchuck head coach Brandon Carson said. “One of my assistants came up with this idea … it’s just something I felt we needed to do and show them how much we appreciate they did for us.”

Oak Harbor was scheduled to play Marysville-Pilchuck last Friday for the Wesco 3A North title, but after the tragic events, the game was canceled. The Wildcats decided to forfeit the game and give the Tomahawks the title. Then, members of the Oak Harbor team traveled to Marysville for a vigil that night, stopping by a Marysville-Pilchuck team meeting to show support.

“I can’t put into words what it meant to our guys,” Carson said. “This just goes beyond the game, this just shows us what athletics can do.”

Carson said his players were completely behind the idea, and he texted Oak Harbor coach Jay Turner earlier this week asking what the Wildcats’ practice schedule looked like. When the Tomahawks showed up, it surprised everyone on the Oak Harbor sideline. Marysville-Pilchuck stayed for about an hour and the two teams shared a pizza dinner.

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