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Special Moment in Seventh One of Many Saber Highlights from State Championship Game

One storyline from the Twin Cedars’ run to the state tournament the past two seasons was the tragedy that struck the team in the summer of 2013. Derek Springer, the twin brother of Dylan, was involved in a fatal car accident that shook the town of Bussey and the surrounding communities. The Sabers made it a goal to make it to state last year and winning the whole shoot and match. The team came up short in the semifinals, which only drove them to put in more time in trying to get better and be the best they could for 2014. All of the hard work in the offseason paid off, and the team went undefeated and won it all this year in Class 1A with a 36 – 0 record. With the game seemingly in hand, the Sabers up 7 – 2 in the top of the seventh, catcher Hunter Embray was lifted for a courtesy runner at second base. Out came Dylan Springer from the dugout, to a raucous ovation from the sea of blue in the stands cheering on the Sabers. However, Dylan was not wearing the number 30 that he had donned throughout his entire career at Twin Cedars. He had on his late brother’s “22,” which made for an emotional moment for the fans and the team. Sabers’ coach, Matt Miller says it all started with a selfless act by Springer. Springer is one of eight seniors who say goodbye to the program, but have left a legacy that will not be soon forgotten by, as Dr. Bob Leonard puts it, our little corner of the universe.