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Humboldt Celebrates State Championship

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Celebrations continued in Humboldt Monday as the high school threw a pep rally in honor of the team's TSSAA Class A State Championship.

Cheers rang out at the Humboldt High School gym as fans welcomed in the newly crowned state champions.

"It felt like it was state. They were just showing how much our fans love us," said junior Vikings player Stephon Turner.

Emotions poured from the players, coaches and even the mayor of Gibson County. And through it all one thing is certain, pride is at an all-time high.

"I couldn't be prouder of what they've been able to accomplish not only on the basketball court, but in the classroom and in their communities," said Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon.

The stars shined bright on the Vikings as they displayed their third golden ball, the first one since 1976.

"It really gives our school a morale boost. It gives us something to be proud of and gives our school a good reputation," said Vikings senior Grant Armstrong.

Players said the victory is not just for the school, but also for the fans and the entire city of Humboldt.

"Our fans were their supporting us since day one. Every game, they were there. For us to win a state championship for them, I know it means a lot," said Vikings junior Desonta Bradford.

The Vikings went 29-6 and were state champions. They had the dream season and they were on "cloud nine" as they celebrated with the city, Monday night.