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By Carol Perkins

Thirty-five years. That is how long it was been since the Metcalfe Hornets played in the state basketball tourney at Rupp Arena. For larger schools in our regional, going to the state is "old hat" but for small schools with a population averaging around 450, it's a big deal. Last Saturday night, Coach Tim McMurtrey and the team of 1985 (with only one player who could not get home due to a snowstorm in the north) were recognized during a home game. The gym was packed! We all remember the events of that week with celebrations and pep rallies! Some of today's Hornet fans were only five or six years old, but they remember going with their parents to Rupp Arena as the Hornets won their first game against Louisville Eastern. That was another "big deal."

Our high school media team has developed a documentary video that consists of interviews with Coach Mc, a player or two, and fans. (You can watch this on youtube or at the end of this article). There were also clips of the final game of the region when the last shot led us to Rupp. Saturday night the team of 1985 lined up across the high school (that is foreign to them because they all played in the "old gym" at the first Metcalfe County High School). I don't know if they realize the impact that time in history had on our town.

The Hornets of 2020 are playing in the Class "A" tournament in Richmond, won the first game and will play the second Friday (after you read this, we'll know the results).

For a small town, going to the class "A" is also a big deal because winning a championship is not easy for a school our size. The boys have not been since 2011. (Our girls played in the Class "A" last year.) Before the team left Wednesday, the band led them through the hallway as students cheered and gave high fives. The local police escorted the team bus out of town. Fans soon followed.

Even though many in our community may not keep up weekly with our team, when it comes to a tournament, people perk up. They pitch in money to help provide food and pay for expenses for the boys, the cheerleaders, and the band. Business owners decorate store windows and others write on their cars things like "Richmond, here we come!" Small communities often cheer the loudest compared to city fans. At the Class "A" our fans outnumbered those from other schools. We usually do.

We all need something to take the routine out of our lives. We need a diversion from the ordinary. There was a time when I would have been in the middle of the action, but I'm happy listening on 99.1 and cheering as if I were there. Because, as we say in Metcalfe County, "Once a Hornet; Always a Hornet." I'm sure that is true for all schools.

Video: We Remember...The Reunion

Follow Susan and Carol-Unscripted on 99.1 the Hoss in Edmonton on Tuesdays from 10amCT to 11amCT and replay on Sundays from 4pmCT to 5pmCT. Listen to Carol's podcast at for entertaining stories and a replay of Susan and Carol-Unscripted.

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