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13U ready for state challenge

Two weeks ago in the district tournament, the 13-and-under team took little time in proving that it was the most worthy team on the field.

Now, the team is gearing up to prove the same against the best competition in the state.

This weekend, the team will head down to Dothan for another appearance in the state tournament and with many of the players competing together for the past five seasons, this time, they hope to return to Troy with a championship.

“We know the kind of competition we are up against,” head coach Ken Labrant said Tuesday night during his team’s practice.

“We played pretty well in district but we know we are going to be going up against a much tougher competition, but that is something that I think the guys are ready for. They have been practicing hard even with some of the guys being out with cold, they have been staying loose, and they have been having fun.”

In the district tournament, Troy outscored both of its opponents, Andalusia and Eufaula, by a combined score of 12-0.

In the games, Jack Labrant led all scorers with four goals, while both Ben Salmon and Baylor Barnes finished with two goals a piece and Taylor Montgomery, Daniel Macias, Rhett Outlaw and Reilly Fox all scored once.

Along with those players, Jason Fleming, Wright Graning, Cole Labrant, Kiegan Simmons, Morgan Sullivant and Andrew Wilson make up the team.

Right from the start of state action, Troy will be faced with a difficult challenge.

At 9 a.m., Troy will take on Prattville followed by an 11 a.m. showdown with Jacksonville.

“That’s a tough couple of games,” Labrant said.

“Both of those teams are always good have always done well at state. Plus, we are essentially playing non-stop. The kids will have about 15 minutes to relax after playing the first game before we start stretching again. Playing a rest team is tough task. But, we are ready to battle.

“The kids have all been in this kind of competition before and they know it’s not going to be easy, but I know they all want to bring a championship back home. So we are going to see how it all works out.”