Editor’s note: Each week in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Gazette/The Republican Journal sports supplement, VillageSoup publishes a photo or photos and asks those in the photo to explain what they were thinking at the moment the photo was taken. The photos that appeared in the Feb. 24 edition is included here:

Camden Hills Regional High School senior Carlos Baeza may not score points on the court, but he has been a positive influence on the Windjammer boys basketball squad the past three years as team manager.

Baeza, who deals with the challenges of cerebral palsy, was rewarded for his years of service after the Windjammers’ Eastern Class B title win over Ellsworth Feb. 20 at the Bangor Auditorium, when, with the help of his teammates, he ascended the ladder to bring down one of the two championship nets (first photo). After waving the net over his head a few times to the jubilation of the Camden Hills crowd (second photo), Baeza climbed down the ladder and shared a moment with his mother, Inirida Baeza (third photo).

The following is Baeza’s reaction to these three poignant moments. On taking the net down: “For a second, I felt like a champion. But then I thought about it and said [to myself], ‘We’re going back to states,’ and that’s what I really wanted. But [taking down a net] is something that you see kids do for years and years and years and that was definitely a dream come true.” On waving the net. “Honestly, memories of all the games I’ve ever watched [came to mind], professional or whatever, and all the teams I’ve watched on TV over the years win championships in whatever sport … and after watching them, I’m doing this right now. It’s something I can’t really put into words.” On sharing a hug with his mom: “I remember when I saw her, and she walked up to me and I was like, ‘We’re going back [to states] and this isn’t over. And she just gave me a hug and we both started crying. I think she realizes just like I do that these last three years have just been a dream come true of winning something and what I’ve been looking forward to for years and years and years. And she knows that better than anybody else.”