[February 22, 2013]
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MOUNT PULASKI -- Look out, Redbird Arena.
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
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
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