Panthers Not Satisfied: St. John Paul II Has Eyes Set on Lakeland

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) – For the St. John Paul II Panthers, Saturday night’s District Championship was the result of a lot of hard work, and a lot of years waiting for that special team to get it done.

"So many teams fell just short, and I definitely have a sense of that history both as a player and a coach," said head boys basketball coach Titus Nixon. "To finally do it, and do it in the fashion we did beating a quality opponent by that margin, it was really special for me personally."

It’s special, but the Panthers, not satisfied.

"People are always talking about us being in Districts, but why stop at Districts? Why not win Regionals? Why not go for State?" said Chosen Levarity, a senior forward.

Why not?

"This group has shown time and time again that they show up for the moments they need to show up for," said Nixon. "I have full confidence that they’ll come out ready to play. All we can do is just try and set them up for success the best we can."

"We always talk about it in practice like don’t let all that noise get to your head," added Levarity. "Stay focused and stay humble."

Stay focused, stay humble, and stay in the driver’s seat to State.

"We haven’t spent too much time smelling the roses, maybe Saturday night a little after the win," said Nixon. "I think when it’s all said and done, that will be the time to reflect how special this all is. Right now we’re in business mode 24/7 getting ready."

Getting ready for more moments like what they experienced on Saturday night.

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