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Cheer on those Longhorns

Hey Basalt, what’s up? You have the Number 1 team in Girls 3A High School Basketball (Western Slope). They are the 18-1 league champ Lady Longhorns.

They are playing, and have been playing (for a couple of years now), some of the finest basketball played on this level in this valley. They are a multi-talented, well-coached and exciting team to watch play.

You would think that would be a lot to cheer about. However, they play in front of crowds (Fans do show up) in “The Big House” that seem more suited to be gathered to watch a chess match.

C’mon gang, I’ve heard much louder fan reactions at golf tournaments. Seriously! These are our kids, our coaches, our fellow students, our friends, our Lady Longhorns, pouring it all out there on the floor for Basalt and their school, and they deserve more from us, the hometown fans.

It’s sad, but I’ve been hearing more noise from the usually much smaller visiting team fans this season. The cheers and chants from their own bench should not be the only “cheering section” the girls hear.

The regular season is over, but the District Tournament is just around the corner (Feb. 26 and 28). I’m guessing, but with an 18-1 record and a number one seed, I would hope there is at least one more home game. If this is the case let’s give it up, fans. Be “the Sixth Man.”

Let’s show The Team that we can do more than just show up. It’s totally sociably acceptable (the last time I checked) to stomp your feet and clap your hands (it surely is at every other high school gym in the valley) for a high school basketball game.

Oh, and if your voice is a little hoarse after a game, that’s all right, too. C’mon, Basalt, let’s bring back a little of “Ole Basalt.” Let your Lady Longhorns hear how much we all appreciate them and their season at their next home game.

Let’s turn “The Big House” into “The Loud House”!

Tom Redfern


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