ESTERO, Florida (WILX) -- The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High's hockey team will return to school as state champions.
The win came less than two weeks after a gunman killed 17 people in their school.
The school's varsity hockey team started out as the bottom seed in the state tournament. But came back to upset the top seed in the semifinals and win the state title Sunday afternoon.
The players say after the shooting they weren't sure they would even show up at the state tournament.
But say they're glad they chose to take the ice in honor of their fallen classmates.
"No one was lacking energy in the locker room. We all came to play. We were all ready. This wasn't for us. This was for the 17 victims. We played for them. So passionate, so emotional. It's all for them," says Joey Zenobi, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High.
"I'm glad we did it. I'm glad we came. I'm just happy to be alive and I play for those who can't," says Ronnie Froetschel, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High.
Stoneman Douglas High is now qualified to compete in the high school hockey national championship tournament in late March in Plymouth, Minnesota.