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Congrats on a fine season to all involved

Posted Monday, June 18, 2012, at 11:28 AM

Even though the Shakamak Lakers ended their season as state runners up instead of state champs, the boys in blue have nothing to be ashamed of.

The Lakers had a tremendous season, falling short to No. 1 ranked Lafayette Central Catholic at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

The Jasonville community should give itself a pat on the back for the support provided throughout the regular season as well as during the state tournament.

When driving through Jasonville, several downtown windows are painted with well wishes for the Lakers.

The team left for the title game with an escort of fire trucks and police cars. Many people lined the streets to wish the boys luck, while giving them a great send-off. I'm sure some people get annoyed with the lights and sirens ... but in Jasonville, it's tradition.

Other communities probably will never understand the traditions of the community. When a team wins a sectional, regional, semi-state, or state championship, the athletes are escorted into town by emergency vehicles. When a team leaves for the regional, semi-state, or state, they are escorted out of town by emergency vehicles. It's become Jasonville's traditional welcome and send-off.

While the Jasonville community has supported its own team, many other communities have rallied behind the Lakers. Signs were placed in many surrounding communities, including Linton, Hymera, and Worthington.

While waiting outside Victory Field before the gates opened, I saw several people from other communities there to support the Lakers. I think it's great when area schools support their season rivals in the off season.

Hats off to the Lakers on a great season!

A big congrats to Brock Dowell -- the Shakamak senior was awarded the Farm Bureau Insurance Mental Attitude award joining Steve McNabb (one of the Lakers assistant coaches) and Josh Horton in representing the school as an award winner.

Brock is a true class act. Throughout his years at Shakamak, he's been a team player, leader, and mentor. He has shown true class on the baseball field and basketball court. The award is well deserved. Congrats, Brock!

Another congrats goes out to South Putman softball coach Chris Jones on winning back-to-back state championships. Jones is a 2000 graduate of Shakamak High School. Congrats on a great season, Chris! Looking forward to future success in the South Putman softball program.

Halea is a former staff writer for the Daily World. She can be reached at haleafranklin@gmail.com.

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