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Celia Jiménez here, thinking of the joy and pride that a group of young football players brought to their city. A few weeks ago, the King City High School Men’s Soccer Team won its first-ever CIF Northern California Division V Men’s Soccer Championship after defeating Wheatland High School 2-1 in overtime.

Yesterday coaches, athletes and around 500 fans took to the streets to celebrate and applaud these young men. It started with a parade of the players and coaches on fire engines and the police clearing the way to King’s Town Square. They chanted “Go Mustangs”. The parade was then followed by a ceremony. King City Mayor Mike LeBarre declared March 11 King City High School’s varsity football team day, and County Supervisor Chris Lopez also spoke.

“I want to be close to greatness” Lopez said, “You made us all proud.” Lopez noted that these young footballers can become role models for young children.

The fans were also very proud of the team’s achievements. When the varsity team was on their way to the NorCal Semi-Finals, a large crowd gathered at the school and gave them an unforgettable send off: a sea of ​​people cheering and cheering them on. And when they returned as champions in the middle of the night, instead of an empty parking lot, they were greeted by a group of fans gathered to greet them and celebrate their achievement.

“You made us feel at home,” said head coach Jaime Cortes in Spanish.. He thanked the fans – around 200 people, he said – who traveled hundreds of miles to watch the league games. Cortes said losing the championship title to Hollister was a wake-up call that made them dream big and go for the win — successfully — in pursuit of the state title.

The last time a King City team won a NorCal Championship was back in 1991. The winners were the girls from the volleyball team.

At the end of February, this same team of King City Mustangs took another step: Winning their first Central Coast Division Division IV championship in 35 years when they won 4-1 over the Sequoia Ravens. (The last time King City won that conference title was in 1987.)

These children have undoubtedly left a mark about the history of their school and community. Congratulations.

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