State Bound

Sarah Hawley

March 12, 2014

TUPPERS PLAINS — Throughout the season, dozens, sometimes hundreds, of fans have turned out to support the Eastern Lady Eagles as they’ve made their historic run toward the state tournament — and Tuesday night was no different.

People from around the area — including those from seven area fire departments and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office — turned out for a community pep rally and parade to support the team.

The band played throughout the event and some of the cheerleaders led fans in a victory cheer.

Younger fans also got in on the action with games of dizzy ball and musical chairs.

Members of the girls basketball team, support staff and coaches were announced to a standing ovation.

The 2013-14 Lady Eagles are seniors Jordan Parker, Jenna Burdette, Katie Keller, Maddie Rigsby and Erin Swatzel; junior Lindsay Hupp; sophomore Morgan Barringer; and freshmen Abbie Hawley, Laura Pullins, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Barringer and Alia Hayes. The team is coached by John Burdette, along with assistants Tim Baum and Bob Calllaway. Beverly Maxson is the team statistician, manager is Hannah Hawley, and Breanna Bailey is the video staff.

The Lady Eagles have complied a 25-1 overall record this season while capturing their second consecutive Division IV Region 15 title.

The team also won the TVC Hocking title with a perfect mark in league play.

But the Lady Eagles do not excel only on the court. In the classroom, the team owns a cumulative GPA of 3.78 to date.

A common theme throughout the evening — and the season — has been “Unfinished Business.”

Burdette thanked everyone in attendance at the pep rally and also all of those who have supported the team throughout the season. He then thanked the boosters, athletic director and those who helped the team.

He also thanked the girls, adding, that they are “a fun group to watch, but more fun to coach.”

Following the rally, the team was escorted through the Tuppers Plains and Chester areas by a parade of fire trucks and a sheriff’s cruiser.

The Lady Eagles will play in the state semifinal Thursday evening against Fort Loramie at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.

For a preview of the game, see today’s sports section.