Hononegah girls get a warm welcome home after state

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Complete with a police and firetruck escort, the Hononegah girls basketball team was welcomed back home to Rockton on Sunday morning, after a historic run at state. They finished in third place in class 4A after beating Benet Academy on Saturday 43-39 in Normal.

Waiting inside the gym was a big crowd, filled with family, friends, and school faculty cheering them on. Fans had the chance to get a better look at the hardware in person too.

Senior Jordan King finishes her high school career as the NIC-10’s all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls. She’s headed to play Division I basketball at Marquette University this fall.

“Honestly, I have no words to describe the support that we have and all the people behind us, rallying us for us to do good,” King said. “It’s just so crazy to have this support. I think it’s really special and I don’t know that many other schools could say they have support like this.”

After Principal Eric Flohr and Head Coach Randy Weibel spoke about the ladies’ success at the podium, the seniors took the time to share their appreciation for the community’s support.

“I wasn’t expecting that many people to be here,” senior Cali Schmitz said. “It was very overwhelming and it just made us feel so special to walk in and see all of the support here for us. We’re all just ear to ear smiling and we just feel like a big family.”

Best friends on and off the court, the Lady Indians say they’ve created memories that’ll stick with them for the rest of their lives.

“It’s incredible to get to experience this with the seniors one last time,” junior Julia Burns said. “It’s an amazing feeling. They’re some of my best friends, Cali and Jordan. I’ve been playing with them for so long and we’ve been friends since seventh grade. It’s really amazing. After the game, it was incredible to win one last time with them.”

Coach Weibel also finishes his coaching career, helping this year’s team make history as the school’s only basketball team to make it down to state.

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