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March 25, 2013

HOW ‘BOUT THEM BRAVES: Borden celebrates happy ending as state champions

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BORDEN —

“This isn't a win for just these boys on the school bus. This is a win for every athlete that has played for this school,” Carter said. “It's not just about the basketball game. It's about this community being successful and how they work together to be that way.”

Likewise, old mementos of yesteryear were dusted off to cheer on the 2013 team. BHS 1975 grad Kathy Wilson said her mother Judy Lewis listened to the game on the radio last week. In 1950, Lewis rooted on the boys as a cheerleader for the then Borden Berries. Health issues kept her sidelined from cheering them on in person this time around, but she still remained a dedicated fan from her home. 

“The former post office clerk couldn't go, but she got out her cheer skirt and her Borden Berries sweater last Saturday, and sat and held it with her caregiver,” Wilson said. “My son Chad, who now lives in Evansville, said it was the most exciting thing since John Borden walked up the valley.”

Assistant coach Kaden Nolot was a member of the 2008 team that first traveled to semistate. Nolot's dad Joe also played for the Braves back in the 80s. This day Joe could be seen expressing his Borden pride by grilling free hot dogs for the community. Kaden, on the other hand, smiled as fans gave him hugs and thanks for his contributions to this state title. 

“It's amazing, not just for our team and the community, but for the former players and the former coaches. It's everybody. We finally did it for everybody,” Kaden said. “We've been waiting a long time and it's finally here.” 

For more than 60 years, Ed Kirchgessner waited patiently for a Borden state championship as well. Many of his ten children and grandkids have played ball for the school. When the opportunity for the title game came, pancreatic cancer didn't stop the 1950 Borden graduate from making the trip up to Indy to cheer his grandson Billy Kirchgessner and the rest of the Braves team. He knows the guys well. 

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