(KARE Staff) -- Just 11 days after losing classmates and teachers in a heart-wrenching school shooting, the hockey team from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School defied the odds and claimed the Florida High School Championship.
After losing all three games in the tournament's opening round and being labeled as the bottom seed, the Eagles stormed back to defeat two teams who beat them the day before. Stoneman Douglas upset top-seeded East Lake High School 3-1 in the semifinals, and then beat Jesuit High School 7-4 in the finals.
Congrats to the #StonemanDouglasHS hockey team for winning the state championship today and moving on to nationals! Tonight on @winknews at 6, hear from the players who say this is something they've been striving for all season.
Forward Joey Zenobi said on Saturday that the team was playing for the victims of the shooting. Some players died their hair yellow on top to honor their fallen friend Joaquin Oliver.
"We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win and that's what we did and now we get to bring the trophy back to the best high school in America," Zenobi said on Sunday.
By winning the state title, Stoneman Douglas is now qualified to compete in the high school hockey national championships tournament, which runs March 22-26 right here in Plymouth, Minn.