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Community welcomes home state champs

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It was a two-point conversion in overtime that won the state championship game for the Whitehaven Tigers. Saturday the high school football team won their first state championship; the next day they received a welcome fit for champions.

It looked like game night at Whitehaven High School, as a welcome party for the new state champs brought out alumni from all years and of course proud parents.

"I'm going to hug him, just do everything a proud mother should do," says Lana Swindle, mother to Linebacker and Strong Safety Ivan Swindle, "It just gives us the total package to know that we have the best football team in the city and the best in the state. We are elated!"

It seemed like everyone was a proud parent at the high school, boasting on the student players.

"These children are good, they're disciplined, they focused, they want to have excellence, they want to be good at what they do and we've known this all along. We're just able to tell the world," says 1980 Whitehaven High School Alumna Yvette Brooks.

Many at the high school say this state championship win is not just a win for the school but also for the whole community.

"You see so much about the bad things that happen in the community, this is something that is huge and been going on for a long time," says Brooks.

But of course for many fans, it all boils down to bragging rights.

"Last year we got in the finals, but we didn't win. This year I knew we was going to Cookeville and get revenge against Maryville," says 1982 Whitehaven High School Alumni Sam Johnson.

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