State champs make their way back to Gadsden County!

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By: Erin Lisch
March 2, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- It's a celebration on wheels as one bus heads home to Gadsden county, filled with boys basketball state champions.

An entire escort of law enforcement heading down the streets of Gadsden County making it known the state champs are coming home.

The West Gadsden boys basketball team, bringing home its first state title to the school and a label not seen in the county for decades.

Fans waiting for the arrival yelling, "We state champions’ baby, it's been 43 years!'

The teams says brotherhood made the win happen over Wildwood 66-44.

Panthers senior Russell Harrison said, "A bond can take someone where they want to be."

West Gadsden’s Senior Edmond Miller said, "We just worked as a team we played together as one."

When it comes to his teammates senior Charles Williams made it simple, "Team work makes the dream work!"

When asked about the team senior Andrew Reddick said, "All of us stood together through the losses and the wins and look at us now state champs."

Not only winning for each other, but for the late Coach Moody who died in June.

Players like Ronnterious Stokes say Coach Moody was there in spirit, "It felt like he was with us both on and off the court."

Thinking about Coach Moody junior Barry Corker said, "We made sure we went hard for Coach Moody."

Making this win just a little more special.

West Gadsden Assistant Coach Barry Corker said, "You know everybody says west side east side, but this is Gadsden County we have connections to the whole county."
Panthers senior Mark Bradwell said, "It feels great to know that the city is behind us and supporting us."
A feeling this team says it'll never forget.

They put their whole hearts into the game according to junior Jimmy Hester, "We work hard and we play hard to go get it."

Leading the panthers Head Coach Andrew Moten said, "They seized the moment and they took advantage of it and we were able to bring the state championship back home."

Holding the trophy close to his heart senior Xavier Bush said with a smile, "I'm a state champion, it's amazing!"

With a grin Coach Moten said, "You know what it does, it makes you want to do it again!"

Motivation to work towards another title next year.

While this is the school's first state title, it may also be their last, the school district is looking to possibly merge East and West Gadsden high schools for this next school year.