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Boys’ basketball and company packs the place for Lemont Food Pantry

Heather Miller, Editor in Chief

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Last Friday, Feb. 10, the boys’ basketball team hosted the annual Pack the Pantry event where those attending the 7 p.m. varsity game were encouraged to bring canned goods to be donated to the Lemont Food Pantry. The night was successful in receiving a table full of donations before the game began. 

The boys played against the Bremen Braves and won 56 to 43, beating them at the end of every quarter. Senior PJ Pipes, who recently gained admission to the 1000 point club, scored 27 points for the team and junior Paul O’Leary was not far behind with 19 points. Both made several impressive shots and combatted the fierce competition from Bremen.

The boys stare down the Bremen competition. Photo by Heather Miller.

During halftime, several different Lemont clubs performed. The first was Lemont Sparkles with a small dance number followed by the beloved boy-girl dance. Nearly 20 boys and 20 girls performed a lengthy dance number that incorporated several pop hits and trends, such as a live version of the Mannequin Challenge. The girls all wore matching pink tank tops and the boys all had gray tanks with jean shorts, making the show have a comical atmosphere. 

The girls prepare for the start of the boy-girl dance. Photo by Heather Miller.

Senior Mira Antonopulos has been a part of the boy-girl dance for two years now. She said, “We got back from state and then in two weeks, we learned our part and then [learned] the combined part with the guys for about two weeks,” saying that the performance went pretty well despite the fact that the music was cut wrong in one part of the song.

The boy counterparts hold still for a Mannequin Challenge mock-up. Photo by Heather Miller.

After their performance, the State Champion cheerleaders performed their routine, earning nods of approval from the visiting Braves’ cheerleaders and all of the spectators.

State Champion Cheerleaders prepare to wow the audience with their winning performance. Photo by Heather Miller.

The place was truly packed at this event; the home side bleachers were nearly full and held family and friends to the dancers, cheerleaders, and – of course – basketball players.

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Boys’ basketball and company packs the place for Lemont Food Pantry