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SVM EDITORIAL: Comets living the dream for Newman fans

Good luck to the Newman Comets as they compete for the first time in the Class 1A boys state basketball tournament in Peoria.

Devon House and Travis Williams of Newman Central Catholic High School celebrate their team's super-sectional victory over Providence St. Mel on Tuesday.[]

Not everyone gets to live their dream.

Members of the Newman Central Catholic High School boys basketball team certainly are these days.

They won a regional trophy.

They won a sectional title as well.

And now, the 28-4 Newman Comets have punched their ticket to the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament with a thrilling 61-60 victory Tuesday night over Providence St. Mel at the DeKalb Supersectional played at the NIU Convocation Center.

Newman, now a Final Four team, will be carrying the region’s banner to the Class 1A tourney at Carver Arena, Peoria, where they will square off against Annawan in an 11:15 a.m. Friday semifinal game. Annawan defeated Colfax Ridgeview, 39-32, at the Normal Supersectional.

It’s pretty hard to beat the excitement of a 28-win season.

It’s pretty hard not to succumb to March Madness, Newman-style.

Newman players, coaches, students, administration, alums and fans have every right to be excited about the Comets’ outstanding season.

Over the years, Newman athletes have been no strangers to winning state football titles.

But vying for a state title in boys basketball is something new and different.

It’s been an unfulfilled dream of the Newman program for decades.

And now, the Comets have the chance to live that dream.

In life, not everyone gets to do that.

It’s a precious opportunity, indeed.

We wish Newman the best of luck as its players try their hardest to make that dream come true.