Local fans cheer for first state trip

By Beau Ebenezer

Local fans cheer for first state trip

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Cheering, is something senior rowdy at Limestone High School, Chase Schooley knows all about.

However, cheering at the Civic Center for the first time in his school's history, is a different story.

"It's like a once in a lifetime opportunity, so it's really awesome to be with this school and to get everyone involved," said Limestone Senior Rowdy, Chase Schooley. "Everyone is pumped to see us go as far as we can."

Friday afternoon, theLimestone High School boys basketball team competed in their first ever State Finals game against Chicago, Morgan Park.

If it was a test in school spirit, it seemed there was a clear winner.

Hundreds of Limestone fans filled the Civic Center showing off a sea of blue.

Limestone's principal, Jill Warren, could hardly hold back her excitement for the team's first appearance.

"The excitement on a scale from one to ten is at a 100," said Warren. "It's so exciting that it brings tears to my eyes. You can't put into words what it has meant. It has brought the whole school together and the community together, as well."

That community includes, Margaret Bentley who brought her family and grandchildren to tournament for the first time.

"We went to the sectional last week at Bradley, but we haven't been to state," said Bentley. "We probably wouldn't be down here if it wasn't for Limestone."

In the end the Rockets were not able to pull off the win over Chicago, Morgan Park as they fell 70-49.

However, it seems the school spirit will live to fight another day, as the Rockets compete for third place, Saturday night against Chicago, Orr.