GOSHEN — It was loud, it was colorful, it was fun. And that was normal for a Westview High School pep rally.
Thursday afternoon the Westview community gathered in the school’s gymnasium, affectionately knicknamed “The Warriordome,” to give their boy’s basketball team a hearty send-off to the state 2A championship game.
“Westview is an awesome place because of you guys,” said Principal Rich Cory as he stood at center court in front of the Warriors.
Cory’s remarks were repeated by parents and fans who turned out to wish the boys well before they boarded a bus to head to Indianapolis.
Steve Aspy had a seat in the front row at courtside. He son Chandler is a junior forward for the team. Asked about Chander’s expectations before going up against top-ranked Park Tudor in the 2A championship game Saturday, Aspy smiled. “He’s not nervous, that is for sure. They are ready and confident. They are going to go play the best they can and hopefully the outcome is what they want.”
Aspy and other parents had arranged some fun for the team and students at the pep rally and he was looking forward to it.
“The parents are going to do something that’s going to make them blush,” Aspy said.
The “something” was a dance routine featuring faculty and parents that had the student body laughing and cheering. The routine was a hit, but the cheers were even louder when the boys who serve as lifters for the cheer squad turned out in shorts and work shirts to dance to “Macho Man” by The Village People.
Jamar Weaver is a senior forward on the team. Thursday he was anchoring the line of chairs across the court set up for the team.
“I will miss my teammates and coach and especially the fans in the community,” he said about his pending last game as a Westview player.