WHITEFISH - It's a streak we rarely see. The Whitefish boys soccer team has finished undefeated with a state title in hand two years in a row.
But the Bulldogs lost many star players to graduation, so reporter Laura Wilson found out if our athletes of the week have the talent to three-peat.
High school soccer season is almost upon us - and already, the town of Whitefish is speculating how their Bulldogs will do in the post season.
"It's something they hear about in the halls at school - their neighbors, friends that aren't on the team, and their parents constantly reminding them of the undefeated streak or saying 'this could be your third year in a row to win state," coach O'Brien Byrd said.
The Bulldogs haven't recorded a loss in two years, but they did suffer a big loss from last year's roster.
"It's really hard to fill the shoes of such great players. But we just have to try our best and work as hard as we can every practice," junior Daniel Cameron observed.
"I don't think it is a rebuilding year. We did lose some fantastic players, but it's not like we're having six freshmen come in and replace them. Coach Billiet, who's our JV coach, has been molding some of these players for the past two years. He does a phenomenal job. They come in and they're not even missing a step," senior Tommy Murphy explained.
"We still have the same core. Coach Byrd and all of our coaches do an excellent job preparing us for the season," added senior Nathan Boone.
That preparation has been enforced on and off the field this preseason. Just last week, Coach Byrd gave his players a written test on the fundamentals of his coaching philosophy.
"I've never asked them to bring a note pad and pencil and then give them a test the next day - but why not? This is how serious we have to take this. Hopefully it helps those less experienced players get it that much quicker," he told us.
When it comes to this season, players are respecting the past, but not dwelling on it.
"This group wants to make a unique stamp on the Bulldogs soccer tradition by playing in their own way with their own team and their own style. They're excited for this season and they're concentrating solely on that," Byrd concluded.
And for those of you wondering what happened to the players who failed their written test, coach Byrd says a bad grade earned them extra conditioning.