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Fallon celebrates its high school sports teams

Thomas Ranson

There's no city like Fallon.

Rich in agriculture, the Oasis of Nevada sits an hour away from the state's third largest city. It possesses a unique feel that can't be duplicated, especially in the larger metro areas.

What makes living in Fallon better to other Nevada cities?

The support from the community and its government.

While the Greenwave and Oasis Academy's Bighorns programs compete during the school year, the community rallies behind both programs. Saturday's escort for the Greenwave football team was another example and credit — as in previous escorts —to Mayor Ken Tedford and his staff for their unselfish and devoted support for all programs.

Hundreds of Greenwave supporters waving green and white pop poms and hand-written signs lined up along the town's busiest street as fire trucks, ambulances and law enforcement vehicles escorted the football team on its way to Carson City on Saturday. Businesses offered discounts, including Jerry's with a pre-tailgate kickoff, and then the Fallon Quarterback Club treated the Fallon faithful to appetizers and drinks in the state capital.

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Fans from both Fallon and Truckee packed the stands on a cold, clear night but nothing stopped both sides from cheering their teams both fighting for the Class 3A state championship.

The game lived up to the hype in the first half when Truckee struck first, but Fallon came back with two touchdowns to lead by one possession at halftime. The Greenwave defense took over in the second half, shutting down the Wolverines to win the school's second title since joining the 3A in 2010. While the 2015 championship erased a four-decade drought, this year's team was as dominant as Tony Klenakis' Triple Crown teams in the 1970s. The 2018 squad is the first undefeated team since 1976.

On the way home, Fallon received another escort as fans unable to attend the game welcomed the team with another round of excitement, capping off the fall season for tfall sports.

Like the girls softball and basketball teams, before them this year and even the boys track relay team that broke records earlier this year, Fallon continues put its students first. Whether it's honoring the team with dying the fountain or presenting awards during a city council meeting, these kind acts from the city are unmatched.

But this wasn't the first time the city was involved this fall.

Fallon's only girls doubles team to advance to state received a similar escort out of town. The Oasis Academy middle school girls basketball teams dyed the fountain and rode in the fire truck. And the Fallon Youth Football League's two SYFL bandit and renegade teams were treated to dying the fountain, as well.

The city has shown that the treatment is not exclusive to Churchill County High School. The city rewards all accomplishments, regardless of school and age, as the staff demonstrated this season with the Greenwave, Bighorns and FYFL.

Congratulations to the Greenwave football team, and both high schools and the FYFL for their accomplishments this season.

Thomas Ranson can be contacted at lvnsports@yahoo.com.