Parade in the Pass for boys basketball champs

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -  Fans lined the streets as the 3A basketball champs came rolling through town.  It's the first time any sports team has won a state championship in the school's history according to the head coach Buddy Kennedy. It's a commendable feat considering no one knew if there'd be a team following Hurricane Katrina.

"We've had great support not only from our school but from our entire community ever since Hurricane Katrina. Wherever we've gone, they've gone with us," says Head Coach Buddy Kennedy.

"We really try to teach them to never give up. They really worked hard, and they did it together as a team. We did it as a community, and they did it as a team," says Carolyn Philan of Pass Christian.

Team members said they fed off the energy and support of the community.

"We knew we could win. We just had to go out and take it," says Demetrious Lee, Senior Guard.

"It's like we had the world in our hands," says Senior Forward Rashad Montgomery.

The team took time out from the parade to stop at Shaggy's and fill up on a crawfish boil fit for champions.

"It's quite an accomplishment. We just want to bring them out and treat them today," says Shaggy's owner Rod Ladner.

Though the win is still fresh, graduating team members are already looking ahead and have advice for next year's team.

"They got to get back in the gym and get working for next year," says Lee.

As for taking home the championship next year, this year's team has high hopes.

"Yes, I believe they can.  Yes I believe they will," says Montgomery.

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