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High School Basketball: Tug returns to Charleston

Tug Valley will aim for a fourth state championship in school history this week in Charleston.

NAGAUTUCK (WCHS-TV/WVAH-TV) - The Tug Valley High School Boys basketball team has a strong history on the court. three state championships as a program, with the most recent coming in 2012 and 2013. Now as the Panthers return to Charleston, the goal is the same.

"It's something special. A lot of teams are sitting at the house. We put it a lot of work. I'm sure the others teams have too, but it's just top dog, and we came out on top," senior Levi Davis said.

"When I was a freshman, my brother was a junior, so I was just trying to do better than what he did. He led a team to a state tournament run, I'm trying to win one," senior Jon Blankenship said.

Head coach Ed May understand the expectations. He's been coaching Panther teams for the last three seasons. But he's been coaching this group of kids many years, including time as the head man for their AAU team. One of those players is Tyler May, a team leader and now a Senior at Tug Valley.

Like any dad for any Dad, when he was younger it was hard to coach him. But as I've gotten older and he's gotten older, I just kind of coach him the way that I coach the rest of these guys now," Ed said.

"We've bonded a lot through basketball our whole life. He's been there for me. I've been there for him through the whole thing, the whole journey. To win one in our last year would mean a lot," Tyler said.

Tug returns to Charleston after missing out on last season's state tournament. And winning the biggest prize in the game is a moment father and son would love to share.

"And being part of what started them together and having the chance to finish it out this way is something special," Ed said.

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