ROCKLAND — As athletic trainer for Oceanside, Mary Britt uses her expertise and experience daily to keep Mariners healthy, performing at their peak and, literally and figuratively, in the game.

Britt does that by often being the first to respond to injured Oceanside high school and middle school student-athletes. After that, she helps the young Mariners implement a rehabilitation plan from health-care providers to help them more quickly return to their sport and team.

However, when Britt is not assisting or monitoring the health status of Mariner athletes, she literally has a front-row seat to watching remarkable individual and team performances unfold. She is, like those connected to any school sports program, a true-blue fan.

Being part of an emotionally-satisfying, state championship-achieving season has been part of Britt’s experience working at other schools, most notably, Mount Desert Island, and that happened again this winter as Britt enjoyed an up-close-and-personal connection as the Oceanside High School girls varsity basketball squad finished 20-0 and won the state Class B championship.

Britt was there for the team’s home game and four postseason contests in Portland and Bangor.

After the Mariners clinched the coveted gold ball with a 31-28 win over Hermon on Friday, March 4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor for Oceanside’s first state hoop crown, Britt chronicled the postgame celebration with these photos.