About an hour before the Lufkin All-Stars US Championship game against North Carolina, the crowd saw a familiar face enter Section 3.
Superintendent Latonya Goffney took a 6 a.m. flight from Dallas to see eight of her students conquer a national championship.
On Friday, Goffney traveled from Lufkin to Austin and back before riding to Dallas overnight to take a flight to Philadelphia.
Goffney and fellow travelers arrived in Williamsport just about an hour before the US Championship.
"I was there when they won the regional in Waco and I said if they make it to the championship, I'm flying out there," she said. "I didn't think about what the ramifications were going to be but i was excited about the journey."
"I thank God for the parents," Goffney said. "I didn't care if I didn't have a ticket. I would've sat by the gates or whatever. Number one, because I told them I was coming and number 2, because this is history-making for Lufkin."
Goffney said the parents worked to get her and her crew tickets for the game.
"The legendary coach Bud Maddux made sure I got tickets," she said.
Goffney said she was impressed with the sea of orange representing Lufkin and at how the team captured the hearts of people in Pennsylvania.
"It's powerful," Goffney said. "To think all our kids have done this work is just great."
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