Metamora fans have a strong performance in the Class 3A semi-final match

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WMBD) — Metamora Redbirds fans turned out in droves on Friday to support their men’s basketball team as they reached their first state final.

The team faced Chicago Simeon in the Class 3A State Semifinals at the State Farm Center in Champaign. The crowd was a majority of Redbirds fans who cheered and sang loudly throughout the game.

“We are surrounded by a ton of people, a ton of people from Metamora, not just the students, everyone came out to support us. So it means a lot to be a part of it,” said Katie Lalumandier, a student from Metamora Township High School.

For the fans, Friday was a chance to motivate their team and represent Metamora on a big stage.

“Small town, bumping up against these big schools, just happy to be here and tell everyone who we are,” said Ian Wallace, a high school student from Metamora Township.

“We are really excited for our basketball team to go this far. It doesn’t matter what the outcome is today, but we’re hoping for a state champion at the end,” said Steve Kiesewetter, a Metamora Township High School teacher.

The Redbirds are now one step closer to their 50-47 win over Chicago Simeon.

“It means so much to the town of Metamora, to see the players, the family, everyone. It’s amazing, I couldn’t have asked for more,” said Metamora Township High School senior Liam McAllister. .

The seniors said finishing their senior year of high school rooting for their team in the state finals means everything.

“Coming out of COVID for the past two years, not being able to go to games. Following that with this is just unreal. For the first time in Metamora’s history. It’s fabulous, it’s amazing,” McAllister said.

The Redbirds will face Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin for the Class 3A state title game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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