STOCKTON — Sometime very soon, there will be a new piece of artwork on one of the walls of the Tioga High School gym in Groveland.
At its center will be a blue pennant, and it will be surrounded by the names of 15 players plus the coaches.
For the persons whose names will be on the wall, the tribute can't go up fast enough.
The blue banner represents the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 7 soccer championship, which the Timberwolves won Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Elliot Christian of Lodi.
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It's the first section title in any sport in school history.
"It feels good to have that first blue banner," said Colin Campbell. "We're going to get all our names put up around it. I'm really proud to be a part of this."
Campbell was more than a role player for Tioga, which finished the season with an 11-6-1 record. The junior striker notched nine hat tricks en route to 34 goals this season, with the ninth three-goal game coming in the title game.
He broke a 2-1 tie in the 55th minute, volleying a missed clearing pass at waist level into the right side of the net. Elliot (10-8-4) tied it three minutes later on a point-blank shot after Tioga committed a bad turnover in the box.
The game appeared ready for overtime until Campbell controlled a bouncing loose ball at the top of the box. With the Elliot goalkeeper charging, Campbell flicked a soft header over the defense that bounced into the goal for the game-winner.
"We made up for that mistake," Campbell said. "We didn't let down and kept going for it, and on that last goal I felt the keeper floating up and got the header."
And because of it, Tioga — which was playing in its third section final in four years — will be displaying its first blue banner very soon.
"In the past we've had great players on good teams, but this year we have good players making a great team effort," said fifth-year head coach Doug West, banner in-hand. "They work together, continue to fight, and finally we get one of these."
Staff writer Brian VanderBeek can be reached at 578-2300.