The Troy Trojanettes have already made history with alum Rachel Melancon, at the helm reaching the State Tournament for the first time in program history.
Melancon says that all teams are special, but this one shares a special bond with her as they dealt with the loss of Melancon’s daughter, prior to the start of the season.
“You know they are the first team that I came into a season with after the loss of our daughter,” she said. “That’s what makes it special the fact that they’ve been there and had my back, It’s nice to be able to have their back.”
Melancon said the team celebrates everything together, from the birth of nieces and nephews to grand parents birthdays. Senior Emily Jarolik said this team truly loves each other and it’s a big reason why they have made it so far.
“It’s really important, because when we’re not put together we don’t click, and nothing really goes right,” she said.
In addition to loving each other they have a deep love for their home town, and when asked what it would mean to win a championship for their school, seniors Aubrey Russell and Kyleigh Powell said it would mean the world to them.
For an alum like Melancon she would love to cement her legacy in a place that has meant so much to her.
“It would mean a lot,” she said. “I would always be here. You never know where the job is going to take you or how long you’ll be in it, but I’ll always be here and it will be special because I love this place and I love this community.”
Troy will open their tournament on Thursday afternoon at 1:00pm at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, when they take on Callisburg.