Harriman celebrates basketball state championship

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Harriman Blue Devils boys basketball team celebrated their first state title since 1995 Sunday.

The Blue Devils won a close game over Clay County,74-73, making their final record 33-6.

"It was very special, said head coach Shay Shannon. "I'm just very proud of them and happy for them because they deserve this," he added.

Shannon is in his second year coaching. He said the 1995 championship team has been supportive of his players. Some of them have parents on the '95 team.

Senior Jerome Copeland is the son of Jermaine Copeland who led the 1995 Harriman Blue Devils to a state title. He went on to play for the University of Tennessee Football team during the '98 championship year.

"He was an athlete; a lot of people try to compare us, but I'm like, I ain't my dad, my dad is something else, but it's cool it's crazy... He's proud, I'm proud to be apart of it," said Jerome Copeland.

Players and coaches said the win was not just for the team, but for the city of Harriman.

"All we wanted was a state championship and I'm glad we can bring it back to East Tennessee, to Roane County, to Harriman," said Isaiah Mclain.