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Community celebrates Pascagoula's banner year in sports

Pascagoula High School athletics had quite a year to celebrate, and they did just that Tuesday at the M&M Bank Courtyard in Pascagoula.

Students and their families were treated to hot dogs and sausage dogs at an event celebrating the standout performances this year.

About 250 to 300 athletes were involved in teams that won South State, or competed at the South State level, said athletic director Greg Freeman.

The football, baseball and girls and boys basketball team won South State. The girls and boys soccer teams played at South State, as did several weightlifters and members of the track team, he said.

"What Pascagoula High School was able to accomplish athletically this year never has been accomplished at PHS," Freeman said.

Stacy Inlow, an athletic booster with ties to the quarterback and dugout clubs, basketball boosters, Athletic Foundation and the Colmer Touchdown Club, said this year was "fabulous."

"It's been a long year, but it's been a great year," she said. "There's been a lot of emotional ups and downs - especially these last few months - But these kids have fought and worked hard. The community should be proud of where we live and what we have here."

She said the school's athletes, who took a big blow when teammates Caleb Sweeten and Brandon Rich drowned in May, stand out not just as athletes, but as community and civic leaders.