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Redbird Reunion: 2005 Richwoods 38-0 State Title Team

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Each year at the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals, the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the BN Sports Commission work together to bring past state champion teams back to Redbird Arena to reunite and be recognized.

At the 2015 Class 3A & 4A finals on Saturday, March 7, individuals from the Richwoods Class AA title team from 2005 reunited. The group included members of the coaching staff, one of the top players in Megan McGann and other support staff.

Click here to watch the 2005 Richwoods title game on IHSA Archives.

Several players were unable to make Saturday’s festivities due to family commitments and living out-of-state, but those in attendance said it was an exciting precursor to a planned team reunion this May.

After being recognized on the Redbird court, head coach John Gross and McGann took a few moments to reminisce on their undefeated 38-0 season and state final experience. Gross went on to lead Richwoods to a second state title in 2009, while McGann was one of the top players in the 2005 tournament, tallying 33 points and 21 rebounds in three state final games:

Memories from the state championship?

On what it means to get back together with former players?

On what it means to reunite?

Funny memories from state and what made that team so special?



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