> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Postseason in the high school sports world is usually a time that creates memories, but you don’t usually hear of too many that involve marriage proposals.
Colin Bell will always remember his first victory in sectionals as Silver Creek boys’ soccer coach, an 8-0 result against Rock Creek Academy, for more than one reason.
It also was the night he proposed to his sweetheart, Morgan Young, during the halftime break at the Providence-hosted event.
With his side up 4-0, Bell made his way over to the bleachers with his players, each one carrying a rose.
There sat Pioneer graduate Young, who had been asked to bring a “forgotten” polo top of Bell’s to the game.
“The first guy put the vase down in front of her and the rest set their roses in the vase,” recalled Bell. “I can remember seeing her in complete shock, and all the parents pulling out their phones and cameras. I had this whole thing prepared, comparing soccer to love, but I froze up. All I said was, ‘I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?’”
Luckily, Young responded in the affirmative, to the roaring approval of the crowd.
“Colin completely caught me off-guard,” said Young, a labor and delivery nurse at University of Louisville Hospital. “I thought the roses were for all the guys’ parents.”
Sounds like a snap, but a lot of organizing and reorganizing went into the eventual proposal.
“Honestly, I had this whole other plan to ask her,” revealed Bell. “However, I knew I wanted to ask her very shortly and sectionals just happened to be around the time.”
Bell said he had originally planned to ask for Young’s hand in marriage later in the week.
“I thought sectionals were on that Tuesday and Thursday, so I was planning on during the Providence game so I could embarrass her, if we made it that far,” he explained. “Once I realized that the sectional games were Monday and Wednesday, it had to change because she worked that Wednesday. So that left Monday.”