"You never realize how much personal impact you have until something like this. I’ve been lucky to work with so many great athletes, who turned into great people. I love how they all came together.”
Four players -- Alexis Viliunas, Jocelynn Birks, Megan Miller and Julia Watkins -- from the memorable 2010 state title team attended Pyritz’s ceremony. The Lions defeated Cary-Grove, ranked No. 1 in two national polls and undefeated at the time, in the 2010 Class 4A final. Both teams finished with a 41-1 record in one of the best matches in state history.
Viliunas, a 2011 Lyons graduate, opened up the post-match ceremony by talking in jest on stories of Pyritz’s coaching and teaching methods in a short tongue-in-cheek session with Maria Siambekos, an outside hitter on the 1989 championship team.