Maidens ‘throwback’ to honor alumni
RONAN – Athletes, cheerleaders and coaches dressed in “itchy-hot” uniforms pulled out of a closet of the past, the Maidens skipped playing on Ronan Event Center’s shiny new floor Dec. 22, instead planting their sneakers in the old high school gym for a night of “throwback” basketball fun for fans and players alike.
In a bid to help the community to rekindle the small town love of high school sports and to honor alumni with hopes of past players to also fill the stands, throwback night was an idea Ronan Athletic Director Courtney Fisher jumped on and with great results, the stands were full. She hopes it will also inspire support for other programs as well.
“I wanted to get more comradery with all of our former athletes and former students that came to this school and get some of the alumni’s back into the gym,” Fisher said. “It was more of the publicity of trying to get people back into our gym to support our athletes and then also to try and get people to come to our speech and debate meets and some of our band concerts; just try to get the community back involved.”
While clashing with Loyola-Sacred Heart’s Breakers, also in vintage wear, the Maidens gave the full stands the show the fans came to see, tearing down the Breakers 48-45. Going back and forth throughout the nail-biting event, the Maidens grabbed the edge in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Breakers 16-8 sealing the 6B win for the Maidens.
Aspen Jore led the Maidens at the net scoring 13 for her team, but not without the help of Lee Camel and Micalann McCrea who each netted 12 apiece.
All in all, Fisher believes the first annual Throwback Night was a success and hopes to continue tradition next year with the Chiefs as well. With both athletes and fans cheering and smiling throughout the evening, there was a definite spark of good old-fashioned fun brewing in the high school gym, itchy- hot uniforms and all.
“I’m hoping that by doing this kind of stuff, it will spread through the community and more people will fill our stands, you know, just come and see the kind of talent that we have in this school,” she said. “I wanted to bring in some new thoughts and ideas that might get the community involved a little more.”
The Maidens who are 2-0 in conference play and 3-2 for the season hope to keep the winning spirit alive after returning from the break with a game against the Lady Pirates in Polson Jan. 3.
Ronan 17 7 8 16 – 48
Loyola Sacred-Heart 12 12 13 8 – 45
Aspen Jore 13, Lee Camel 12, Micalann McCrea 12, Kendra Starkel 8, Katelyn Graham 2, Ashley Peterson 1.