Showing Leopard Pride

You can't walk through Zillah High School without being blinded by orange and black.

"I was super excited," said junior Kyzyl Atienza, "Usually coming to school on a Monday, I'm not really that excited, but the whole weekend was just crazy and it was fun."

"Everybody's on this crazy hype from the game," said junior Brenna Whipple, "It's like every time you have one player in your class, everybody is just screaming and yelling."

Students are showing Leopard pride, following the team's 52-46 victory over the King's Knight's this weekend -- claiming the team's first 1A title in 20 years, and capping off an undefeated season.

"It's a childhood dream come true, there's no better feeling," said player Justin Dunsmore,"It feels amazing, we've been waiting for this circle since day one, and we finally got it."

Despite it being finals week for the students, administrators say they can't blame students, and even staff, if they can't contain their excitement.

It's been a long season not only for the basketball team, but also the supporters.

"I think that says a lot about our community as a whole, and the atmosphere we have in our town," said principal Mike Torres, "[I'm] Definitely proud of them and all of the support they've given throughout the whole year."

"With every sport, we always have a huge crowd," said Whipple, " We have teachers that always [encourage] Us to come out and show our support for everything. I feel like parents are really into it too."

"I felt like the whole city of Zillah was at the SunDome that night," said Atienza.

Zillah high school is hosting a championship victory party this Wednesday at Zillah Middle School.

That event will begin at 6 p.m. -- it is open to the public.

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