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Arnold Boy’s soccer team receives 2021 state title rings

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 9:58 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Back in March, the Marlin soccer team took a trip down to Deland, Florida and captured not only their first state championship, but Bay County’s first soccer state title, and Friday night, that title took on more than just a trophy,. The team got their rings, along with t-shirts and hoodies, but bven with all the excitement, the guys couldn’t help but think about how far they have come since the beginning of the season.

“It’s just been a great journey,” said head coach, Jona Hammond. “It started back in October with tryouts, and then dealing with COVID and everything, going through the playoffs and having to travel. All of the obstacles we had to face, and now kind of the last ‘Hoorah!’ for this team, a team that will always be remembered in the history of soccer in Bay County, and obviously at Arnold as well.”

For seniors like Tristan Gandy, the journey didn’t end after the state title match.

“To finally get the rings?” said Gandy “We’ve been waiting on them for like four months. Coach Jona was getting everything all perfect. He’s a perfectionist, so it takes forever for a lot of things.”

Gandy went on to say how bittersweet the evening was as it would be one of, if not the last, time 2021 team is all together.

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