MADISON COUNTY —
High school students, teachers and parents are not the only ones excited about Madison Central’s boys basketball team competing in the Sweet 16 tournament Wednesday.
A traveling pep rally made up of Central basketball players, band members and cheerleaders visited Richmond elementary and middle schools Monday. The group is scheduled to visit three more schools today.
“In the kids’ point of view, these guys are heros,” Central principal Elmer Thomas said of the basketball players, band members and cheerleaders.
The rallies were not only a way to build excitement for the upcoming game, he said, but “a great opportunity to talk about character, the importance of grades, listening to your parents and teachers, and doing the right thing.”
The traveling pep rally will have visited all of the Central middle and elementary feeder schools, he said. At each rally, band members, cheerleaders and basketball players were asked to step forward if they attended that particular school.
“All of these (Central) kids are great students,” Thomas said. “This is a way for me to express our expectations at Madison Central.”
Saturday’s win against Lexington Catholic (67-47) was the just part of a “tremendous few weeks” at Central, said Thomas, remembering the message on the scrolling marque at the school: “Central rocks at everything! Chop on!”
“We’ve had regional successes in Science Olympiad, archery and track. Our girls (basketball team) is competing for a regional title,” he said. “The culture at Central — it is a culture of excellence in all endeavors, high expectations and being a part of something really special.”
By the end of the day Monday, the school had sold nearly 1,700 tickets to Wednesday’s Sweet 16 game at Rupp Arena, the principal said. However, there are plenty of upper arena tickets that will be available at the box office window.
“When Madison Central plays at Rupp Arena, Madison County shows up,” Thomas said, noting that Central played during the most-attended high school games at Rupp Arena. One game was in 1987 and the other in 1999, both with around 24,000 in attendance.
Central will take at least 20 buses to the game Wednesday, he said.
If Central wins Wednesday, tickets will be sold for the second round at Rupp Arena after the game. Tickets will not be sold at the school.
Central’s traveling pep rally
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