Limestone boys prep for first trip to state

By WEEK Producer

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- Principal Jill Warren is so excited about the Limestone High School boys basketball team she's almost speechless.

"I don't have (a voice). Too much screaming last night at the game," said a hoarse Warren. "I can't talk anymore."

But everyone else at Limestone is talking.

The school's 5-point victory over Wheaton-St. Francis in Tuesday's supersectional at Dekalb launched the Rockets to the Final Four of the Class-3A state tournament.

The girls basketball team at Limestone has been to state before, but never the boys. That has people reaching out to head coach Eddie Matthews that he hasn't heard from in years.

"I just got a phone call from Sister Mary, my third grade teacher," said Matthews. "I don't think I've talked to her since third grade. She just called me and said she was rooting and praying for us and I thought that's why we've been successful right there."

Now the Rockets will try to find more success against one of the top ranked high school teams in the country - Chicago Morgan Park.

"I'm not sure what the order is. Its goes somebody, Simeon, the Los Angeles Lakers and then Morgan Park," joked Matthews. "I mean this team is loaded."

But that hasn't discouraged the Rockets' fans who began showing up Wednesday morning the moment tickets went on sale for Friday's game.

"We just got here and they're going awful fast," said Rockets fan Ed Davis. "I was lucky I came over here to get them."

But if you ask the people of Bartonville luck has nothing to do with the Rockets' success.

A banner urging the team on hangs outside of Kelly Cloyd's office on West Garfield.

"My kids went to Limestone Walters, which is also the Rockets, and they went to state in basketball," Cloyd explained. "And my daughter went to state in volleyball so we made the sign and its lasted for years."

And so will the memories of this team's historic trip to state.