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Coach Talley Letter To Supporters 11/28/2011

All of the Chelan players and coaches would like to say, “thank you to all the family, friends, and fans that supported us through the 2011 football season”.  It was a year that started all the way back in the summer playing 7 on 7 passing league games at Wenatchee High School.   This team came together at football camp at the end of July, with a mission and a dream.  The dream and mission took its bumps and bruises before the season even began, with some key injuries, personal issues, and troubles getting everyone on track and eligible.  Once those small items smoothed out the dream and the mission were back on track and took the 2011 football team deep into the playoffs where we met foe after foe that also believed and dreamed in their team.  Shaking hands with Riverside (Spokane) in the crossover post season game, Cle Elum in the 1st round, Royal City in the quarter finals, and then Connell again in the semi finals is a personal testament to boys and men knowing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, and placing two hands together in a handshake moment and memory that will last a lifetime.


Thank you to all the players (freshman to seniors) that worked in the heat of summer, and the cold in early winter always trying to put their best foot forward. Thank you to all the family and friends that braved those same elements to love and support the team.  Thank you to all the coaches for their many hours on and off the field to give the team the tools needed to compete on such a high level, and are some of the best coaches in the state. 


Last thank you to a group of seniors that will not be forgotten for their outstanding four years of football:  As 9th graders they were a part of the first team to get back to the playoffs since 1980, and only the second time in our school’s history.  A state top 16 finish.  As 10th graders they were a part of the first group in Chelan history to win a post season playoff game ever pushing all the way to meet Connell the semi finals a 3rd place finish in State, which included a post season victory over Cashmere the defending state champions – the first victory over Cashmere since 1999.  A state top four finish.  They will be remembered for the quarter final playoff game verses Omak at the Wenatchee Apple Bowl that went back and forth, with Chelan finally kneeling in victory formation in a 27 – 22 win.  Some calling this the best high school game they had ever seen.  As 11th graders they were a part of the first group in Chelan history to win 10 games in a season.  They were the Undefeated CTL League Champs for the first time in 50 years.  They brought the “Bronze Shoe” home in the victory over Cashmere in the regular season that had been in Cashmere’s trophy case since 1999.  They only lost to one team - Connell the defending state champions (twice) once in non league play, and again in the quarter final playoff match up.   


A state top eight finish. As 12th graders they gave everyone a smile each day as they entered the locker room, with their calm, cool, always looking for fun attitude.  They gave us dance moves in the locker room to music that will not be forgotten.  They will be remembered for the regular season game against Cashmere at Cashmere where the game ended on the one yard line going into the end zone, with no timeouts left and the clock expiring, one point short in a 35 – 36 loss that some think was the best high school game again that they had ever seen.   They gave us friendships for a lifetime, without the normal small squabbles that happen in a year with 50 high school boys together in close quarters for 3 months.  They gave us another year to remember going 9 – 4, and reaching the semi final game verses Connell in the playoffs again for the third time in 3 years taking home another 3rd place in state trophy.  


A state top 4 finish.  They will be remembered for the 1st round playoff victory over Cle Elum in a driving snow storm.  They will be remembered for their quarter final victory over Royal at the Wenatchee Apple Bowl on a frozen snow covered field.  History makers and great memory makers you will be remembered. They will be remembered as the first group in Chelan history to go “four years straight to State in a row”.  They will be remembered as more than football players – they became our sons.


Thank you Seniors it has been an unbelievable four years together and you will not be forgotten!


Please email with any questions or comments.  Darren Talley