Lady Toppers head to Redbird Arena

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[February 22, 2013]     Send a link to a friend

MOUNT PULASKI -- Look out, Redbird Arena. Here come the Lady Toppers!

Fans gathered in the Mount Pulaski gym Thursday morning for a pep assembly in honor of the first girls' state basketball team in school history. The MPHS pep band kicked off the assembly with a variety of music that included the school song. Hosting the assembly was sophomore Sam McCarty, who introduced the Lady Toppers and coaches Eric Leever and Kristin Rucks to the enthusiastic crowd.

Following those introductions, each class was supposed to do a cheer, in hopes of getting the crowd even more pumped up. Only the sophomores, led by rapper Andrew Viner, and the seniors, led by Gage Loeffelholz and Bowen Casper, came through with entertaining lyrics and moves that made everyone laugh.

Next, kids could participate in basketball skills competitions. Several participants took their chance at shooting free throws after being spun around up to 10 times.

Next, students were invited to show off their best basketball tricks. This was highlighted with dunks by Michael Lowery and Will Stewart.

Never ones to shy away from the spotlight, seniors Bowen Casper and Gage Loeffelholz, took the stage one more time to show their support for the girls. Bowen chose to sing while Gage danced and got down on the floor, doing "the worm," while the crowd roared in laughter.

Principal Terry Morgan took the stage next to wish the team good luck and introduce the all-state selections from Mount Pulaski. Senior Jessica Awe, who averaged 17.9 points per game on the season, was named to the second team, and senior Andrea Dickerson, who averaged 14.1 points, was named honorable mention.

Congratulations to these young ladies! They continue to make the community proud with their accomplishments and history-making.

Next stop on their memorable journey is Redbird Arena. Mount Pulaski/Hartsburg-Emden (29-4) is scheduled to take on Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City (26-5) at 2 p.m. Friday. Cowden is led by senior all-stater Micah Jones, who averages 24.2 points and 16.4 rebounds.

Text and pictures by Teena Lowery

Senior boys huddle at the pep assembly Thursday morning.


The MPHS senior routine featured Tyler Sweck being tossed in the air and caught by his friends.

The always entertaining Gage Loeffelholz does his version of "the worm" as fellow seniors Bowen Casper and Tyler Sweck look on.

Sophomore Michael Lowery shows off his dunking skills at the pep assembly.

Senior all-staters Jessica Awe and Andrea Dickerson.





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