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March 21, 2010 - Theresa Proudfit
It's no secret in the newsroom that girls basketball is not one of my favorite assignments. Especially after the boys and girls seasons started coinciding a few years back. That lovely merger put me in someone's school gym nearly every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night from mid November through March. I have actually been known to beg Burt for wrestling and hockey assignments. So when I sheepishly mentioned to Burt and Blaine that I would like to travel to Lansing for the girls basketball finals I think they thought they were on an episode of "Punk'd". I can't say exactly when the Flivvers girls started to grow on me, but I knew I was hooked when after their win against the Sault Area Blue Devils my eyes were so welled with tears I could barely see through the lens of my camera. So when I was offered a seat in the Proudfit, Tomososki, Drose caravan to Lansing (which by the way, required this 1991 Mountaineer graduate to sport a maize and blue shirt adorning a specific flivver girl) I started reorganizing my schedule. (Special thanks here to my friend and co-worker Marguerite who came in on her scheduled vacation day). After a fun filled 8 hour drive under the bridge I got to see the Flivver girls close out their season Friday. What an amazing night. I have never seen so many Flivver fans so far away from home! The stands were filled with maize and blue. At least four times the amount of fans as Detroit's Country Day. But that certainly didn't intimidate our opponents who stood feet above the girls. It was pretty apparent moments into the game that our Flivvers were a bit out matched. I think I heard someone say their shortest starter was an inch taller than our tallest girl. But the girls never gave up trying and never stopped having fun. I had to call the office to tell Burt there would be no "dejection" photo to run in the paper. I think I said "No one is crying, everyone is cheering and clapping and laughing, It's amazing". Even after losing 71-31 the girls were smiling and the fans were congratulating the Flivvers on a great season and commending Country Day on an awesome game. Thanks Kingsford girls and Flivver fans for showing true sportsmanship this weekend. I was proud to be wearing a Flivver shirt that day!
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