Wilmington students and the community overall held a grand sendoff as the Hurricane boys basketball team has embarked on its first Ohio Final Four odyssey and their semifinal game Friday in Columbus. Showing their spirit Wednesday afternoon are Rodger O. Borror Middle School students Sophie Blessing, Conner Mitchell, Tramail Hollins, Brayden Rhoads and Kendra McKenna. The school sold over 2,000 tickets for Friday’s game at Ohio State.
Wilmington High School boys basketball players and coaches Dorian Taylor, Layne Griffith, Nick Molz, Michael Noszka and Jarron Cumberland.
A number of young children wanted to get their photograph taken with WHS basketball standout Jarron Cumberland prior to Wednesday evening’s sendoff to Columbus and the Division I Final Four event.
Hurricane basketball player Cameron Stewart autographs a “Cane Pride” sign for a well-wisher just prior to Wednesday evening’s departure for Columbus.
These young girls show lots of Hurricane spirit — and energy — as they root the Hurricane basketball team on for the upcoming Final Four.
Middle school art students show their talents by making this spirit sign.
Enjoying themselves at the public sendoff are, from left, players Layne Griffith, Nathan Barker, Curtis Gauche, Dylan Beaugard and Mason McIntosh.
WHS basketball player Alex Miller holds brownies that were made and delivered by Dauna Armstrong, right, at Wednesday’s good luck sendoff in the high school parking lot.
In the foreground from left, Mason McIntosh and Dylan Beaugard get ready to place their travel bags in vehicles bound for Ohio State’s Value City Arena and the Final Four. In the background, Willie Morris looks for a spot to put his things. The vehicles were donated by Bush Auto Place.
Family and supporters crowd the sidewalk at WHS to wish the Hurricane players bon voyage as they embarked Wednesday evening to Columbus. In the left foreground with their faces visible are, from left, Cheryl Cumberland, Connie Hooper and player Dylan Beaugard leaning over.
Dylan Beaugard, seated in a vehicle and holding an image of WHS basketball head coach Mike Noszka, chats prior to the trip to the Final Four.
The baggage and players are ready to go as they assemble near the WHS building. The players standing in the foreground from left are Dorian Taylor, Tony Merritt, Nick Morris, Chris Wolary, Jeffery Mansfield, and (with face visible) Mason McIntosh.