The theme of Friday morning's pep rally at West Lauderdale High School was "Headed to the Ship"...championship that is. Both the boys and girls will play in the 4A Mississippi State Soccer Championship in Clinton tomorrow, and the players and coaches couldn't be more excited, considering this hasn't happened in nine years.
Girls Coach Alex George says, "Last time both teams went to State was 2004, so it's been a little while and it would be really sweet for both teams to bring some hardware home tomorrow."
The boys last went to State 4 years ago. Many of the players say that they've been practicing hard in preparation for the big game, and while the whole season has been leading up to this moment, it's a bittersweet one.
Forward Tyler Green says, "We've just been looking to see what we can do to find and mark out our key opponents." While Midfielder Tyler Germany says, "This is our last time to put on the uniform, but at the same time it's a great feeling knowing we have a chance to go back and win this thing."
While the boys expectations at the beginning of the season included a trip to the championship, a much younger girls team didn't expect to make it this far. After a rocky start, the girls refocused, and their hard work has paid off.
Defender Kaylyn Stewart says that, "Midway through the season we had a practice, we call it the pencil and paper practice. It's where we decided that we're going to do this, we're going to give it our all, our heart and soul, and that's when we knew that we were going somewhere."
The girls take on Florence at 1:30 PM Saturday afternoon, while the boys face Pontotoc at 3:30 PM. Tickets are $10 at the gate at the Clinton High School Stadium.