In Florida, Hockey Underdogs Provide a Lift to School

Stoneman Douglas team wins state championship
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2018 11:17 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2018 11:45 AM CST
People dressed in white costumes as angels stand by a makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.   (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

(Newser) – The boys' ice hockey team at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pulled off a major upset Sunday to win the state title—and the team dedicated the win to the victims of this month's shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school. "This wasn't for us. This was for the 17 victims," one senior said after the team, which had been the lowest-seeded one in the championship bracket, won two games Sunday. "No one was lacking energy in the locker room. We all came to play. We were all ready." As CNN reports, 17 medals were handed out—one for each member of the team, but also the number of victims killed in the shooting. The AP reports team members placed the medals on crosses standing for each of the victims at a memorial.

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