Weaver was busy trading high-fives with Westview students who lined up to wish the team luck. The student body kept the team busy, asking for autographs on school books, hugs and giving them words of appreciation and encouragement.
“We are very lucky to have that,” Weaver said of the fan support. “When we go to an away game we know we are going to have a bevy of fans there supporting us. We have taken it for granted, but its awesome.”
Rich Stultsfus and his wife Heidi were in the crowd. Their son Jordan is a lifter for the cheerleaders. Two other sons attend Westview High School and a daughter is in the junior high.
“It always brings tears to our eyes because for such a small school there is support from community,” Rich said. “ We are glad our kids go to school here.”
Rich said many of the players have grown up together and they have spent time at his and Heidi’s home.
“These kids are like family to us,” he said.
Coach Rob Yoder was a proud man Thursday. He was looking ahead to the state championship game, but he did not forget the sixth-man, the fans. He noted that about 2,500 Westview fans made the trip to the semi-state game last Saturday at Huntington North.
“It was really good,” he said of the loud and enthusiastic send-off. “And typical of our fans. It is (Westview) a special place to be at and play basketball at.”