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Carol Perkins: Get That Tip and Let'er Rip

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By Carol Perkins

"Get that tip and let'er rip." Remember that one? What about, "Sinker, Joey, Sinker." Then there's "Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for Metcalfe, stand up and holler." We also had, "HU S T L E, hustle Hornets, hustle." Then there was, "Get that ball, Get that Ball, Get It, Get It." Attending the district tourney last week brought those cheers to mind. Oh, so long ago.

As I watched the Lady Hornets and the Hornets, I thought about my high school days and what the district meant to us. We had a week of making signs, streaming crepe paper, making pompoms, and preparing pep rallies. (No girls' team back then.) As was the tradition, local fans hosted the boys to a fine dinner before the game. The way the boys sashayed into the gym that night was magical.

We cheerleaders were gifted corsages, which danced around when we jumped. If we went to the regional, which we did often, playing and cheering in Diddle Arena was as thrilling as being in Madison Square Gardens.

Only a few years after hanging up my uniform, I returned to Metcalfe to teach and jumped back into the spirit I had temporarily left. Pep rallies became over the top, with the students highly anticipating what the faculty would do. We never disappointed. Harold Chambers always took the floor, threw off his sports coat and slung it into the air, and led the student body in the spelling of "Metcalfe," which left him hoarse. One time he dived to the floor, nearing breaking a rib. We had funerals (with a real casket) for the team we planned to beat. That was the most awesome (and a little gruesome) of all. Students love to see the faculty involved. When our boys played in the state tourney, the town went wild! In small schools, we're like family.

Metcalfe's Lady Hornets and Hornets will play in the regional tournament soon and what a thrill that will be. The fans will be dressed in maroon and white. Kids will decorate shirts and even the most arthritic adult will stand to the fight song played by our outstanding pep band. Former star Doug Clemmons, who has not missed a tournament in 54 years, will be front and center. Go, Metcalfe.

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