Hattiesburg makes 3rd straight South State appearance

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg is back in the South State finals for the third straight season.

The Tigers face West Jones in a best-of-three series beginning on Thursday in Soso. Hattiesburg's hoping the third time is the charm with this group – as the program seeks its first state title since 2006.

"It's a tremendous feeling to walk out here today and know that we're fixing to play for a South State championship," said Hattiesburg head coach Joe Hartfield. "These chances don't come along too often. So, we want to make sure we prep as good as we can and enjoy it as much as we can."

"It's an accomplishment," said Hattiesburg senior A.J. Stinson. "Not a lot of teams come back to back to back like this. We have great talent so it's a boost for us."

"A lot of teams are at home at this time of the year," said Hattiesburg senior Dexter Jordan. "For us to make it here three times in a row, it's a big thing. This time, we have to go finish the job."