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LaBrae sees off first state-bound team in school history

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LEAVITTSBURG, Ohio - Everywhere you turn in the Leavittsburg and Braceville communities, red and gray ribbons and signs cheering on the LaBrae High School boys basketball team show how fired up the Vikings fans are.

"It's probably one of the best things that has happened inthis area since this school's been around," says Vikings fan Dave Shaffer.

The Vikings are headed to the state basketball championships for the first time in school history.

"It's pretty special knowing, in all the years, no one has ever made it this far, but we have," says Kenny Hall, a player on the Vikings basketball team.

A pep rally was held Wednesday in the boys honor to wish them good luck and send them off with the entire student body rooting them on, even the little ones.

Coach Chad Kiser hopes the tournament run will inspire the younger generations.

"They just look at those guys and say 'Hey, these guys do their school work, they stay out of trouble and they work hard and that's what it takes to be good,'" he says.

After the pep rally, the boys loaded up the bus and were Columbus bound escorted by police and fire crews on their way out of town as the community gave their boys one last cheer.

"For everybody to come out here and do this, it's just heart warming to see," says resident Jennifer Bleacher. "Everybody support these boys, they deserve this."

School will be cancelled for LaBrae Thursday so the students can make the trip to cheer on the boys in Columbus.

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