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January 18, 2009 - Zach Baker
This afternoon at Seiberling Gymnasium, Heidelberg's women's basketball team found itself with a remarkable home court advantage,
A number of New London high school girls basketball players were in the stands. They wore orange, red and black t-shirts, and made plenty of noise.
New London's team was there to support Ashley Hawley, a senior forward on Heidelberg's team. Hawley helps out New London's team in the summer as an assistant coach. The New London players showed their appreciation by going crazy every time Hawley came into the game or touched the ball.
New London's coach, Greg Vogelsong, was also in attendance. Vogelsong coached Hawley (and her sister Morgan, Heidelberg's sports information director) at Black River High School.
It's not new to see a big group of former players or friends show up and support someone. What was notable about this game was how enthusiastic the New London students were about Heidelberg.
They did chants ("You can't do that!" after a travel by a Muskingum player) and cheered on all of Heidelberg's players.
It made for one of the best atmospheres at a Seiberling Gymnasium game I have seen this year.
Even though Heidelberg came up short, 57-52, to Muskingum, the enthusiasm was such that if I were Student Princes' coach Marcie Alberts, I'd ask if the New London players can come back for next week's game against Wilmington.
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