I don’t know them personally but I feel like I do. I only recognize a few names on the roster but I want to get to know them. They are the Lady Musketeers basketball team and they are about to make history for their school and for our community.
They have made non-basketball people into fans; they have brought out the best in Washington County. Thrown away are the school lines that are normally drawn during the ensuing sports seasons.
When one community supports three separate school systems, rivalries exist sometimes being passed down from one generation to another. But sometimes time softens those hard-core rivalries and we can pull together as one.
That is what this team of girls from Pekin has done. Winning sectional was great but not unheard of in Washington County. Each school has its share of sectional victories but to go on and win regional, that’s something to brag about. A fewer number of regional wins have been celebrated amongst the county schools.
But they were not done, a semi-state victory was in their sights and they mastered that with hard play and lots of heart.
Now they are on to play the biggest game of their life and in Banker’s Fieldhouse nonetheless. No pressure to play on the home court of the Indiana Pacers where superstars have played the game of basketball.
But these girls are already superstars. They have pulled not only the community of Pekin together but also all of Washington County. For one weekend, anyway, we are all fans of the Lady Musketeers from Pekin.
Tournament season provides proof that the unknown can be mighty. The announcers of the semi-state game even eluded to the phenomenon of the Eastern Musketeers from small town USA denying Covenant Christian a repeat trip to the state tournament.
And what about the crowd support that drove 170 miles to Richmond for one game, outflanking the opposing team’s crowd by hundreds.
Win or lose, they are making history for their school and the rest of us are just along for the ride.