Parrish High School goes for history at Final 48

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The 1A Boys State Championship basketball tournament featured a familiar face, with the St. Jude Pirates looking to go back-to-back. Their opponent, however, was a new face on the block. The Parrish High School Tornadoes were making their first ever appearance in a state championship game. “Everybody is always like, ‘Where’s Parrish, we don’t know where you’re located,’” said PHS cheerleading coach, Amanda Kennedy. “I guess it puts us on the map, you could say.”

Parrish is only made up of around 120 students, but they sounded much louder Friday during the state finals game. Alumni, grand-parents, and elementary school students alike made the trip down Corridor X to cheer on the Tornadoes. “They just love being a part of it,” said Kennedy, watching her cheerleaders lead the crowd in a chant. “This is history right here.”

Unfortunately, beginners luck was not on the PHS side Friday. They fell to St. Jude 65-37. Even in defeat, their fans found the positive of being the first Parrish squad to compete for the state title. Ruby McCollum, whose nephew plays for the Tornadoes said, “Parrish is a small town, and the people around town really stand behind the kids. It’s very awesome.”

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