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National champions honored: Banners, Bruins’ morale raised to new heights

Championship banners are raised in DFH. Photo: BJU Marketing/Carter Henderson

Friday night was a special night for two of the Bruins’ teams. The men’s cross country team and the women’s soccer team held a special ring and banner raising ceremony in the Davis Field House shortly after the men’s basketball game against Tocoa Falls to commemorate their national championship seasons.

As each team walked onto the main court, their accomplishments during the fall season were read aloud. Each member of the team received their championship ring, while being greeted with a standing ovation from the Bruins fans, as their names were announced.

After the players received their rings, the lights dimmed, music played, and a spotlight was placed on the national championships as the banners were raised. The captains from the women’s soccer team, Sarah Herr, Kaitlyn Hummel, Allyson Jenkins and Caralise Roach had the privilege of raising their championship banner.

For the men’s, senior team captains Josh Strubel and Matthew Hopkins were given the honor of raising the banners.

After the banners were raised, Ring shared his appreciation for the testimonies of the teams while competing.

Ring thanked the Bruins fans for the effort they showed for both teams.

During his speech, Ring congratulated both teams for the love and passion they showed for their respective sports and for the Bruins athletic program. The soccer team continued to build upon its dynasty, celebrating the third consecutive national championship while the cross country team made history by celebrating its first ever championship.