Hattiesburg holds inaugural "Parade of Champions"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg held its inaugural "Parade of Champions" on Monday in downtown Hattiesburg.

It was an evening to recognize all the state champion teams from Hattiesburg High, Sacred Heart and PCS.

"It just sort of came to us that we should celebrate all three of our schools accomplishments in one big event for the entire city," said Hattiesburg mayor Toby Barker. "We think that, regardless of where you go to school, we believe these students are the Hattiesburg of the future and right now they're the Hattiesburg of today."

"Gotta give your hats off to the mayor and the city of Hattiesburg," said PCS coach Joey Hawkins, who led the boys track and field team to a state title in 2018. "Everybody's honored to be here, I can tell you that."

"What can you say about these student-athletes' accomplishments they've made this year in the city of Hattiesburg?" said Hattiesburg head football coach Tony Vance. "I think it's put Hattiesburg back on the map where it should be – the whole city of Hattiesburg."

Here is a list of the athletic state champions from each Hattiesburg-based school this year:

Hattiesburg – baseball, girls basketball, boys track & field

PCS – boys track & field

Sacred Heart – girls soccer, boys powerlifting