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Ocean Springs varsity soccer teams prepare for state championship games

Saturday, February, 7th, is a big day for Ocean Springs High School's Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds soccer teams. They'll be playing for a chance at winning the Class 6-A State Championship titles. (Photo source: WLOX) Saturday, February, 7th, is a big day for Ocean Springs High School's Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds soccer teams. They'll be playing for a chance at winning the Class 6-A State Championship titles. (Photo source: WLOX)
Before heading to Clinton for the game, the teams spent Friday morning getting cheered on by some young fans and their classmates. (Photo source: WLOX) Before heading to Clinton for the game, the teams spent Friday morning getting cheered on by some young fans and their classmates. (Photo source: WLOX)
This is the second time in three years that both teams will get a chance to battle it out on the soccer field for a state title. (Photo source: WLOX) This is the second time in three years that both teams will get a chance to battle it out on the soccer field for a state title. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Saturday, February, 7th, is a big day for Ocean Springs High School's Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds soccer teams. They'll be playing for a chance at winning the Class 6-A State Championship titles.

Before heading to Clinton for the game, the teams spent Friday morning getting cheered on by some young fans and their classmates.

Oak Park was the last of three Ocean Springs elementary schools that opened its doors with spirited hands for the athletes. After parading through the halls to give high fives and hugs, both teams headed out for one more "good luck" party.

Students flooded outside of their school for a pep rally to show their support for the two teams that have fought their way to the state championship game.

"I'm very excited that we're all going to state and hopefully we can come home with the win, both of us, and celebrate as a big family," Goal Keeper Carsen Gildea said.

This is the second time in three years that both teams will get a chance to battle it out on the soccer field for a state title.

"We've set a standard here. It took a few years to set a culture, but we have a standard that the seniors and juniors know what it takes to win a championship, so it's really up to them," Girls Varsity Coach Patrick Hayes said.

Senior Forward Ashton Stennis said they're ready to perform.

"I think we're well prepared. I mean, it's something that we've been working for all year long and none of us thought we'd get this far, but we all believed we could and we got here," Stennis said.

Junior Kyle Hillyard said it's because of their teamwork they made it this far, and it's the teamwork he believes will give them that 'W'.

"For sure! We for sure expected that, because we're special, we're a team," Hillyard said. "Previous years, we had a lot of individual talent, but when you have a team and the morality around us, it's something special."

"It's a humbling experience. Today has been a whirlwind of emotions, going through the parades. It's difficult to tell who enjoyed it more, the little kids, the big kids, or us coaches. But we're excited and we think the opportunity's going to present itself well tomorrow. We're excited," Boys Varsity Coach Jeff French said with confidence.

The excitement begins Saturday at 3 p.m. with the Lady Greyhounds facing Madison Central in a battle for the girls championship title. The boys' team will follow with their game at 5 p.m. against Madison Central. Both title games will be held at Clinton High School.

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