POSTED March, 15, 2013, BY
THOMASTON - The Thomaston girls basketball team is preparing to head down to Mohegan Sun for Saturday's Class S title showdown with Capital Prep but the Bears didn't get to leave town without a special sendoff from Thomaston High.
With Bears fever reaching a fever pitch, Thomaston High held a pep rally Friday afternoon that had it all. Chanting students, a live band, Second Breath, that was really good, big screen video highlights and some heartfelt words of appreciation and support before the Bears go for the title.
Ever since Thomaston booked a trip to the Sun with its semifinal win over East Windsor last Saturday, the entire town has been swept up in a wave of emotion and excitement. Now it's time for the Bears to get down to business but on Friday they got one last opportunity to take in the moment and reflect on what the week has meant to the school and town.
"It's been indescribable," Thomaston guard Sydney Keith said. "I don't think any other school and any other town would go all out like this. It means a lot to us."
It's meant a lot to so many people and that is what has made Thomaston's run to the title game so special. It's created a special buzz in the halls that hasn't been felt in a long time.
"It's been crazy, everyone has been so hyped up about the game, we're always talking about it," said Kyle Guisto, known as one of the leaders of the Thomaston student section known as "The Cave". "It's been an awesome atmosphere here. We're taking like two or three buses it's going to be great. It's my last game in the cave, so we have to go out with a bang."
Guisto and the rest of the Cave will be there and have organized a "Black out" and three fan buses will make the drive to Mohegan Sun as well to wrap up what has been a special week.
"The run has really injected so much energy into the school and into the community as well," Thomaston assistant principal Jon Kozlak said. "We've been working to create a positive atmosphere here and all of our teams have really aided in that and this run the girls team is making has really helped take it to another level."
It's not only in the halls of Thomaston High but the entire town has caught Bears Fever. The team received a donation from someone in town and will be spending Friday night in the Mohegan Sun area, saving them a long trip on game day, and the Thomaston Trotters have organized a sendoff and the team will get a police escort from the high school to the highway.
The town is expected to turn out in force for Saturday's game to support the Bears against the top team in the state.
"It's been amazing and we are so grateful for everything everyone has done for us," Thomaston coach Bob McMahon said. "But it's Thomaston, it's what makes this town great."