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The Sugar Salem Diggers have a long storied history in athletics and coming out on top.

In the 2018 school year alone the Diggers have won 9 championships, 8 of those recognized by the IHSSA.

On Wednesday morning, the student body at Sugar Salem high school honored the boys track and field team.

The team has won two consecutive titles.

Coach Brett Hills tells Sportsline this year’s team was well balanced in all categories.

“In terms of points scored at the state meet this team ranks right up there, we scored 130 points, that’s kind of unheard of to even score over 100, and so they were incredible,” says Hill, “we had everybody, we had distance runners, we had throwers, we had vaulters, we had jumpers we had relays, it was just a really well well rounded team.”

This is the teams 5th championship in 6 years at the state track meet.

Despite the loss of seniors, Coach Hill believes the students will step in and fill the holes nicely.

Track and field can be different when it comes to being a team sport, but Coach has a way to help get the team gel together and pull for one another.

“We always go to BYU and that’s where I take all the kids I believe that will qualify for the state meet. And there’s one reason, I want them to really gel in those last couple of weeks. And you know and we did that we stayed in a basement of some peoples homes, the kids got to know each other a lot better, in the last two weeks we have just really really come together as a team and gelled and those kids that normally weren’t hanging together were hanging together. you know it was a really neat comradery between all of the groups this year,” says Hill.

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