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Oregon-Davis community talks girl's basketball state title run


The members of the Oregon-Davis girl's basketball team are excited to be playing in the state title game this Saturday against Vincennes Rivet. The fans of the Ladycats may be at the same level of excitement, and they are not even playing in the game.  

Jan Hughes is Oregon-Davis graduate and worked for the school for 33 years. She is a faithful fan who says that winning a state title means just as much to the fans as it does to the team. "It's like everything because our sports are very important to us, and we've had a lot of success here," she said. 

Jan is one of many dedicated fans that attend Oregon-Davis basketball games. Hamlet resident and Ladycats fan Clayton Minix says that fans are there every game and not just because of the state title run. "There's quite a few that sit in the same seats, and when you go to the school, they must be sick if their not in their spots," he said. "It's just a great community that backs them."      

Terre Haute is a little more than a three-hour drive from Hamlet. Regardless of the time it takes, Oregon-Davis fans are making the trip without hesitation. 

"A lot of us are going down the night before so that we can be there first thing in the morning," Jan said.  

"If you've seen our crowd on TV, we go in hoards," Oregon-Davis graduate and former Bobcat basketball player Kurt Hayes said. "Wherever the girls or boys got to go, we go. We just want them to know we support and care about them."

Kurt played for the 1988 boy's team that lost in the regional game to Portage. Things would turn around for the Oregon-Davis basketball program by 2007. Both the boys and girls team won the state title that year. Ladycats Head Coach Terry Minix saw first-hand how committed the fan base is for his team when they played in the 2007 title game. "They had the model 'Last one out, turn the lights out' because that's the way it was, and that's just the way these fans are," he said. "This school is the hub of the community."

While the team has won a state title in 2007, it still seems to be just as exciting and thrilling for the fans going through the experience again.  "Seven years later, and now we're doing it again, it's just almost surreal," Jan said. 

Oregon-Davis is one of two Michiana teams playing for a state title. The Ladycats will play for the 1A title while Penn plays in the 4A game.

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