A sea of blue-and-white-clad fans will flow into Minneapolis today to cheer on Sartell High School’s boys basketball team in the state tournament.
It is the first time Sartell’s boys’ team has made it to state.
Sartell will play Minneapolis DeLaSalle at 10 a.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
To build and show support, the school scheduled a pep rally for the team Tuesday afternoon.
The team and coaches left town about 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“I like the pep rallies. I think it’s a great way to show our support for the team as a school,” senior Whitney Gahlon said.
Win or lose, the season will be a memorable one for students.
“I think the team is just happy to be going,” Sartell senior Amanda Smith said. “They will always be able to say they were the first team to make it to state.”
Smith and other students planning to attend the game today said even if Sartell loses, it’s about the experience. Building on the school colors, students were anticipating a “blue-out” for the game.
“Being there to support the team and chanting against the other schools,” is what junior T.J. Bevans was looking forward to. He and friends planned to carpool to the game.
Fan buses were expected to load at 7:30 a.m. today and expected back at 2:30 p.m.