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KOAA Athlete of the Week: Manitou Springs Class of 2020

Manitou Springs Athlete of the Week
Posted at 10:56 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 00:56:58-04

You don't have travel far into Manitou Springs to see a community bursting with pride for their class of 2020.

"It was really cool to just see how much they cared for us, to give back to us what we lost," Mustangs senior sprinter Brett Gilbert said.

From streets signs with each graduating senior to front lawn decor, these Mustangs have a lot of great moments to remember.

"I feel like as a community we really came together, to make the best of what this is," senior outfielder Orion Lavigne said. "When we beat a 3-seed as one of the lowest seeds we can be in the playoffs, that was just a really great moment and inspired everyone in Manitou to not give up."

Still, for many in the Green and Gold, there will always be a bit of unfinished business.

"I want them to go out there and win for us, for the people who couldn't," senior defender Jennie Waldon said. "I want them to think of me and the other seniors who wish they could be there."

While these talented athletes will never get a final year of high school athletics, seeing their school and community rally around them is a pretty powerful consolation prize.

"You just need to look at it in the best way that you can, we did get a lot of great stuff out of it," Gilbert said.

In a season without victories on the field, these seniors are embracing one they received off of it.

"I think it was really impressive for us as a really small community to do that," Waldon said.

A proper send off, for a talented group of graduates and one they'll cherish forever.

"The community was able to put something together to give recognition to people that needed it and I think that is just fantastic," Lavigne said.