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March 18, 2013

FAN FRENZY: Borden, Jeff supporters show up in droves to cheer on semistate teams

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Babies to grown men sported red hair dye in support of Borden. The crowd stood for nearly the entirety of the fourth quarter, then the student section emptied as Borden teenagers rushed the floor after the buzzer sounded and the Braves stood as semistate champions. 

As they waited for their team’s tip-off, Jeffersonville fans cheered on Borden as they captured the Class A Seymour Semistate crown. 

Watching the Red Devils play is nothing new for Jo Robbins. She said she’s attended Jeffersonville games for almost seven decades, and conceded quite a bit has changed over the 69 years she’s watched high school basketball. 

The uniforms are different, the style of play is different and even the players are built differently now, Robbins said. 

But there’s one big change from when Robbins attended Jeffersonville High School that she said has definitely been a welcome switch. 

“I especially like the fact that now we have a multi-race team,” Robbins said, as she added that when she attended Jeffersonville, the school was all white. 

Accompanying Robbins at the game was her friend Frances Fellmer, who has also followed the Red Devils since high school. 

The setting of the semistate finals is spectacular to witness, Fellmer said, though there have been some changes to the high school game over the years that aren’t so popular with her. 

“I don’t like this class system, but it’s also nice that small schools get a chance,” Fellmer said. 

 

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