WILLIAMSTON – Williamston High School’s gymnasium was bursting with the level of energy that only excited teens can generate as the Hornets’ winning basketball team got a rousing sendoff for a state semifinal contest today at the Breslin Center.
Students jumped in unison in center court after interim coach Tom Lewis introduced the team and other coaches. Head coach Jason Bauer, who underwent brain tumor surgery two weeks ago, was there to fire up the team.
With the pep band playing the school fight song, the team ran through a tunnel of students toward the bus bound for Breslin.
The Hornets (21-3) will play Detroit Henry Ford (18-6) at 6 p.m. in a Class B semifinal.
“It was a lot of fun,” high school Principal Jeff Thoenes said in a silent gym that took only minutes to empty out. “The kids had a lot of energy and it was very positive.”
Thoenes no doubt had his own share of school spirit. He rallied students with a school flag — and his normally dark hair was dyed Hornet green.
The rally began with a salute to the winter sports athletes and a tribute and moment of silence for retired English and theater arts production teacher Sharon Nolen, who died Wednesday. The pause lasted for 42 seconds, one second for each year she taught in the district.