OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --Mission High School's boys' basketball team is still enjoying the spotlight, more than one week since capturing the state championship, the first time ever for a San Francisco public school. The team was treated to special seats at the Warriors game, where they were recognized for their historic run.
It was a recognition they'll never forget -- a special shout out to Mission High school's basketball team for winning the Division III state championship. Golden State Warriors fans even giving them a standing ovation.
"It was a beautiful feeling. I loved it. The whole team loved it," said Jayden Foston, Mission High Basketball Player
The team got their own special section at Oracle Arena where they watched the Golden State Warriors take on the Washington Wizards.
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For most of the Mission High players, these seats are a real treat. They say whenever they've come to a Warriors game -- they're usually sitting in the nosebleed section.
But this team has been getting lots of attention since becoming state champs. They defied all odds, beating the big name private and parochial schools. In doing so, they became San Francisco's first public school to win a state title.
"Coming from Mission High, and then all these schools that are known, and we're like from a public school and they're like they didn't think we would make it this far," said Robert Lee, Mission High School basketball player.
One of the secrets to their success -- never looking too far ahead.
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"A lot of us kept composed and stayed in the moment, and then take it game by game," said Niamey Harris, Mission High basketball player.
Their coach, Arnold Zelaya, has been overwhelmed with congratulatory phone calls, texts and emails. He says his players never really grasped the gravity of their historic run, which actually turned out for the best.
"I think if they were aware of it they would have been too nervous to actually play but it's a huge deal. It's a huge deal for our city. I'm a native San Franciscan so it's a huge deal for me," said Zelaya.
These players are now weighing their options. Many are deciding which college they'll be playing for.
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