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Time for the fans to get behind all teams

Monday, January 28, 2013

As the final weeks wind down on another high school basketball season, it's safe to say things are panning out the way many believed they would.

Three of the four local squads have winning records and all put in more work to improve than any of us could even imagine.

Do we recognize that hard work as far as fan support goes? Well, it depends on where you're at, I guess.

With less than a month to go, the teams have plenty to play for and have earned the right to see a little more support in the building when they take the floor, but will it happen?

Probably not, but hopefully so I say.

This season, more than any before in the last nine seasons, the time covering games has been split between going to Dyer County and Dyersburg contests. Most fans go to one or the other and that's understandable, but what isn't is the lack of fans at DHS.

I remember a time when the gym was crowded for most contests, but in the past few seasons that support has dwindled down to mostly die-hard supporters who refuse to sit at home and wish they were there.

One can't argue with the support Dyer County receives and with good reason. When you have one of the top players in the country playing, nobody wants to miss it. I've certainly enjoyed covering the senior season of Robert Hubbs III.

In any case, the Dyer County supporters, which this season include a load of people I am used to seeing at DHS, have made their way to Newbern to see a special young man and his teammates. The place gets whipped into a frenzy when the ball is tipped and the party gets louder with seemingly every possession. In short, DC deserves the attention.

However, though the Dyersburg squads are not state-ranked, they play the game as hard as any teams you'll see. In most cases, the gym is half-empty unless Obion County comes to town, and I just can't wrap my head around that one.

On Monday, in make-up games due to weather, the DHS squads will host Westview. The Lady Chargers are ranked No.2 in the entire state and the boys aren't too bad either.

Though my last predictions involving the BCS national championship and an NFL playoff game a few weeks ago was a bust and utterly embarrassing, I've got a good feeling about both of these games.

Why not make the atmosphere feel like a substate contest?

The kids work hard and deserve to feel like their efforts are appreciated, but are they?

See you at the games, hopefully.

Your comments are welcome at msmith@ stategazette.com

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