Fire trucks, police cars and congratulations from the Gurnee village board were part of a formal recognition of Warren Township High School's first state champion boys soccer team.
Players and coaches from the championship squad were invited to village hall for the kudos and an official proclamation that trustees wasted no time in approving Monday night. Mayor Kristina Kovarik greeted the team in front of the village board dais and created a photo opportunity for family and friends in the audience.
"On behalf of the entire community and the village board and the village staff, we're very, very excited," Kovarik said.
About 15 minutes before the board session, the soccer squad arrived in style. They were brought to village hall with lights flashing and sirens blaring from police cars and fire trucks.
"I heard you guys had a sweet ride over here, which is very special because even I don't get rides on the equipment," Kovarik told the team.
On Nov. 3, the Warren Blue Devils beat Naperville Central 2-1 in overtime to win the Illinois High School Association's Class 3A title. The match was played at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort.
Gurnee-based Warren joined Barrington High School as the only Lake County teams to win a boys soccer state championship.
"The Blue Devils' skill, teamwork and good sportsmanship, as well of that of their coaching staff and parents, are qualities that helped the team earn the state title and also make them outstanding members of the greater Gurnee community," the village board proclamation says in part.
Rousing applause filled village hall after Kovarik recited the proclamation.