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Marcus Hill

When my brothers and I attended Harrison, the District 2 rivalry was phenomenal: Pep rallies, spirit days and school camaraderie, the whole nine. Those are memories I have to cherish forever.

By Marcus Hill

The Southeast Express

I remember it like it was yesterday.

A few years ago, I opened up Maxpreps and felt the urge to go to Harrison’s boys basketball team page to see their record. At the moment of writing this, I don’t recall what that record was. Hey, that happens as the years go on.

What I do remember, however, was Harrison and Sierra played on a Thursday.

I hadn’t been back to Harrison to see that matchup in years — at least since 2008 during my senior year.

I still had my gig as a sports writer in Pueblo, but the stars aligned and I was off that night. Even better, my brothers were off as well, so we decided to roll to the games together.

I say “games” because when we attended Harrison, girls varsity played first followed by boys. What a spectacle that was.

Just like the one we saw in the parking lot when we arrived for the game. There was still parking available. And we were late.

Surely, by now, you get the point: This game was not what we expected.

Come to find out, the two varsity teams no longer played back-to-back games at either Harrison or Sierra.

Boys C team, junior varsity and varsity played at Harrison, while the Harrison girls ventured to Sierra for their tilt with the Stallions.

I was completely flabbergasted. I felt that wasn’t fair to the kids.

I don’t want to misquote anyone, but it’s safe to say each one of us said something along the lines of “what is going on?”

The action that Thursday was abundant and game play was exquisite. The atmosphere, though, that was sorely lacking.

When my brothers and I attended Harrison, the District 2 rivalry was phenomenal: Pep rallies, spirit days and school camaraderie, the whole nine. Those are memories I have to cherish forever.

But many of these athletes won’t get that same feeling. For what reason? I’d love to hear the explanation.

That wasn’t meant to be sarcastic or condescending; I’d enjoy listening to the explanation.

I don’t believe this is an experience the Stallions and Panthers boys and girls should be denied. Those seats should be filled come Jan. 25 and Feb. 18 (the second-to-last game of the season by the way).

Whatever it takes to put cheeks in those seats and fill both gyms to capacity needs to happen. These athletes deserve it.

Contact Marcus Hill at newsroom@southeastexpress.org or follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @MarcusLHill.

 

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