BASKETBALL FRENZY STRIKES THE COUNTY - Big Send-Off Planned Today, Students Can Go To Game

(03/16/2004)

TICKETS AT THE DOOR ARE $8

It's basketball on-the-brain most everywhere in Calhoun today as the Red Devils get ready to head to Charleston and the first game of the state championship.

The Calhoun County Board of Education applauded the team at last night's meeting, which was attended by coaches Tim Davis and Tim Moore.

The Red Devils will face Winfield Wednesday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

Calhoun's first team ever to go to a state tournament will get a send-off today starting at 11:45 at Calhoun Middle/High School.

Students will cheer the players through a good-luck tunnel, after which they will board a chartered bus and drive to Grantsville.

Booster Kelley Houchin says "I hope Grantsville people will come out on the street (about noon) to wave, shout and cheer them on." They will be circling the courthouse, she said.

Houchin said the bus will then depart down Route 16 to Arnoldsburg and I-79. "We hope supporters will post good luck signs along the way," she said.

Houchin also asked fans to wear red and white to the game, and bring red and white towels.

Calhoun High students will be excused to attend the game, with fan buses providing transportation Wednesday morning. Students must purchase a $5 ticket and return a stub to indicate proof of attendance, said Houchin.

Students must have parental permission slip.

About 200 high school students have signed for the trip.

Supertendent Ron Blankenship said Middle School or other students desiring to attend the game should made individual arrangements with the school principal.


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