Malone, FL---The Malone High School community came together Thursday night for a celebration nearly four months in the making.
On February 27th, the Tigers won the 1A State title, the 14th in school history.
This evening, the players, coaches, school, and community came together as each team member received their own championship ring.
For the kids and coaches, getting that coveted piece of jewelry on their fingers becomes the latest lifelong memory in a season already full of them.
"It's really at the top because one of my biggest goals was before I try to reach the next level and college was to win a state championship ring and it's just big," says junior Antwain Johnson.
"It's real special to me," says senior Chai Baker. "It brought back the memories of being in that state championship game and knowing how much it meant to me and getting this ring is just a reminder. I'm kinda pumped up a little bit now."
"Oh, it's unreal. Just the sense of accomplishment," says head coach Steven Welch. "It's not so much the ring, as it is the attaining of it. Just the fact that we were able to accomplish a lofty goal, that's the most satisfactory part of it."
Coach Welch and Johnson will look to defend the title next year, while Baker is off to Oregon State to play for the Beavers.