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Community of Prosser Shows Pride in State Champion Mustangs

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PROSSER, WA. -- The Prosser High School Mustangs are state champions. It isn't just a big deal for the players, but the entire community of Prosser.

No matter where you go in downtown Prosser, the town is a-buzz about their big state football championship over the weekend. Wins like this, give this small town a big sense of pride.

It's raining Monday in Prosser. But the weather can't bring down the spirit of this community. 

"Our mustangs are always a big deal," Wendy Paeschke said. 

Wendy Paeschke painted this sign over the weekend to congratulate the players. This win means a little more to her, because not only does she own Cafe Villa, but also the roller rink where many of the guys grow up. 

"We've been here for 10 years so we've seen a lot of them come up through the ranks, start out as grid kids and go all the way through the program and now they're mustangs," Paeschke said. 

Wendy says ever since people woke up for their morning coffee, everyone keeps talking about the Mustangs. 

"Oh sure. You bet ya," Paeschke said. "First thing this morning, 6 AM, they're talking about. They've been talking about it. The highlight of everyone's year."

Over at the Happy Sloth Screen Printing shop, Holly Rojas says she's been busy, starting with the day before the big game. 

"All morning, people were rushing in to buy these shirts or to get Prosser hoodies or anything with a Mustang on it they could wear to the game."

This shirt is the item people can't seem to get enough of. On the bottom it shows every year this team has gone to state, including the last time 2008, when Holly was a Prosser High School senior. 

"If we have a Mustang on anything, shirts, sweats, towels, people will come in and buy it," Rojas said. "Prosser loves their Mustangs."

Everyone in Prosser is talking about it. Next door, the owner of Becky's Coffee summed it up well. 

"Just so proud of them," Becky Jensen said. "They did a good job, they worked really hard and it shows. And the whole town is proud of them for what they did."

Holly says calls have already been pouring in asking for state championship gear. She hopes to have some t-shirts and other merchandise ready in the next couple weeks.