TOMS RIVER, N.J. - On the January day it was announced that her school was closing, Rachel Gavigan sent a text to her softball coach.
"What are we going to do?" Gavigan asked Sacred Heart coach Les Olsen.
"You're going to lead the team to its first state title," Olsen sent back.
Five months later, Sacred Heart has both the first state softball title in school history and a reprieve from the Diocese of Camden, which has reversed its decision to shutter the small Catholic school in Vineland.
"I'm lost for words," Gavigan said after leading Sacred Heart to a 3-1 victory over Immaculate Conception of Lodi in the Non-Public B state final Saturday at Toms River North. "The school is staying open, and we're state champs. I can't describe the happiness."