Marjory Stoneman Douglas wins hockey state title less than two weeks after mass shooting
In the wake of a devastating school shooting that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen students and faculty members, Marjory Stoneman Douglas won the Lightning High School Hockey League Tier 1 state title with a 7-4 victory over Jesuit Sunday.
Stoneman Douglas lost its first three games in group play, resulting in the team entering Sunday as the last seed in the four-team tournament. The Parkland, Fla. high school, however, proceeded to upset No. 1-seeded East Lake, 3-1, before topping Jesuit in the state title game.
The incredible championship run came 11 days after 17 people were shot and killed by former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz.
Members of the Stoneman Douglas hockey team said they wanted to dedicate the win to the 17 students and teachers who lost their lives that day. The team received 17 medals, one for each member of the team. They told ABC 10 that they plan to bring the medals back to the school and use each medal to honor one of the victims.
"No one was lacking energy in the locker room — we all came to play, we were all ready," Stoneman Douglas senior Matthew Horowitz told ABC 10. "This wasn't for us. This was for the 17 victims."
Earlier Sunday, Stoneman Douglas reopened its high school doors to teenagers and parents from 3 to 6 p.m. as part of an "open house" in order to answer any questions regarding schedule changes and services and accommodations, according to the Miami Herald. Classes are set to begin on Wednesday.