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Maine-Endwell community celebrates Spartan victory

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Maine-Endwell community celebrates Spartan victory
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The Maine-Endwell Spartans have a reason to celebrate. The football team brought home a second state championship title this past weekend. A parade was held in honor of the victory on Friday. Our Melissa Kakareka has more from the festivities.

ENDWELL, N.Y. -- It was a party on the streets of Endwell as students, staff, and community members came out to celebrate the Maine-Endwell Spartan's second consecutive state championship victory.

"I'm just very very proud. It's a very close knit community so it's just nice to see how proud everyone is of the team," said parent Jenifer Scott.

The high school football team beat Glens Falls last weekend to bring home the Class B State Championship title and continue its 25 game winning streak.

"Coming off the state championships last year, we had high expectations but we stayed focused on our goals and worked hard and knew what we wanted to do," said senior player Adam Shelepak.

The team was greeted with handshakes, hugs, and cheers as they walked along the parade route.

"It's a great feeling to have the whole community out here to watch us. They've been with us from game one to the dome, so its great to have everyone out here and talk to them and high five," said senior player Jake Haddock.

"It just shows what type of community Endwell is and the support we get from all of the schools, the faculty, the administration," said M-E Football Coach Matt Gallagher.

Players say the experience is something they will never forget.

"We're like a family. Everyone loves everyone and worked hard and would do anything for each other and it will be a bond for the rest of our lives," said Haddock.

It's an achievement that allows both the team and community to show off their Spartan Pride.

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