By Jackie Nelson
It has always been said Swather fans travel well. This year’s exceptional trip to state brought fans out in droves. Thousands of Swather fans, students, parents and family members packed the stands at the Hutchinson Arena to watch Hesston bring home dual state champion trophies.
“I came all the way from Topeka to watch these games. Worth it,” said Peggy King.
When the Lady Swathers clinched the championship, parents were just as excited as players.
“This is the best time in my life when your daughter is part of something like this,” said Wynette Voth, mother of Lady Swather senior Megan Voth.
“This is just awesome! I’ve been watching for a lot of years, so it is fun to see them make it all the way,” said Don Hageman, father of sophomore Lady Swather Katelyn Hageman.
Riding the energy and enthusiasm of the Lady Swathers’ victory, the Swather boys brought home a championship of their own. Fans erupted into cheers.
“It’s so wonderful I’m so proud of our boys and girls! I love my son [Justin Smith] so much,” said Crystal Smith.
“It’s so wonderful! I want to run and hug my grandson. I’m so proud!” said Carolyn Murphy, grandmother of junior Justin Smith.
“This is pretty awesome. I’m very excited for the high school kids. Its a great way for Ryan to end his basketball career. He’s going to college and doing a different sport, so
this is a great way for him to end. I’m proud of all the boys,” said Melvin Schadler.