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Tri-City Junior Americans heading to national tournament

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- There's a lot of firsts for the Tri-City Junior Americans club team. One is first state title from two weeks ago, and now the team is about to compete for its first u-18 national title.

"No one from tri-cities has ever gone to nationals before. We set out a goal at the beginning of the season to win state and go to nationals. To achieve that goal, especially being as big as it was, is huge," said Brett Myer, a Richland High School student.

The club team will travel all the way to Lansing, Michigan for the start of next Wednesday's tournament. They're competing against eleven other teams who are also state champions. An accomplishment this team won't soon forget.

Coach Courtney Jones said, "The next day I was driving to Seattle and it really sunk in as I was making that drive. I had time to think about it. And I thought, 'Wow what a great accomplishment these guys have done.' "

For this group of 19 kids, a trip to the u-18 national tournament is a chance for all of them to do something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

"Yeah, it's big. It's the first time I've ever been to the national tournament. So hopefully it's good. The teams are really good there. We're representing one of the top 12 teams in the nation," said Aaron Tansy, Hanford High School student.

The team made up of 15 to 18-year-olds does not plan on just showing up to have fun. They say that they are going to win and not only represent Tri-Cities, but all of Washington.

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