TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Students, parents and community members are rallying around the Trotwood High School boys basketball team as it heads to the state semifinals.
“This is once-in-a-lifetime for a lot of the student-athlets,” said Trotwood athletic director Frank Russo. “This is the pinnacle of high school sports.”
This year will be the team’s third straight trip to the state final four and the fourth time in the past six years.
“They’ve been here, they understand what the expectations are, they’ve got goals. No one has higher standards than the coaches and the players themselves,” said Russo.
Thursday, the Rams paraded through the school with cheerleaders, majorettes and the school band as students, staff and guests cheered them through the halls.
“The energy is incredible among everybody in the school, the anticipation. They’re excited. There’s a buzz around the school and the entire community,” Russo said.
The buzz carried the team to its bus for the trip up to Columbus, where police, EMS and fire vehicles with flashing lights escorted them off the school campus.
Thursday’s game starts at 8 p.m. against Akron Buchtel. Fans who purchased prior tickets will take a spirit bus to the game.
The winner moves on to the state championship Saturday at 2 p.m.