Stranahan makes history, winning school’s first state boys basketball title

The Stranahan gym walls are about to get a little more crowded. The school has to make space for a new banner.

For the first time in the school’s 62-year history, the Mighty Dragons are state boys basketball champions.

“I’m from Fort Lauderdale,” Stranahan senior Jordan Greene said. “So to do this for my city and to bring back something [for a school where] my dad went to and played basketball, and he feels great … it just feels great for the community.”

Stranahan’s historic 63-54 victory in the Class 6A state basketball title came in a closely fought affair against St. Petersburg Lakewood at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland on Thursday.

“I was crying when there were 30 seconds left, when we were up seven,” Herard said. “I knew we had it. And I’m so glad.”

Williams said the season was dedicated to Stranahan’s former coach Keith Skinner, who died in late 2017.