Girls/boys basketball doubleheaders produce nothing if not fan-ecdotes.
Shortly after Batavia’s and Geneva’s student sections finished shouting their Friday best, it was time for St. Charles North and St. Charles East to get going when the schools’ girls teams tipped off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Here’s a look at some of the weekend’s sights and sounds, which are sure to keep catching our eyes and ears as the twin bill trend continues this season:
• As the final seconds ticked away on the Batavia girls’ first victory against Geneva in six seasons, Bulldogs’ backers serenaded the coach who presided over the breakthrough win:
“KEV-IN JEN-SEN!” they chanted.
Jensen managed a quick grin at the students before returning his gaze to the closing moments on the floor.
“I told them they better come out and support us,” Jensen said. “[Bulldogs seniors] Erin [Bayram] and Liza [Fruendt] were the organizers of the football season stuff, so they better get out here and support them.”
• Naturally, Batavia’s Class 6A football title came up a few times, including when public address announcer Rudy Dubis set the scene for the boys game.
Quietly, however, the Dog Pound added another comeback to its arsenal. The group hadn’t been able to respond to its Geneva counterparts with “JUST LIKE GIRLS BASKETBALL!” since the 2007-08 regular-season finale.
• Geneva students hardly rested their vocal chords during halftime of the girls game, staying in suspense as Batavia’s dance team experienced technical difficulties with the sound system.
When the music failed to play on the second attempt – the Bulldogs waiting in the wings for a short halftime shootaround – Geneva students chanted, “Encore! Encore!”
• Most North students sported pajamas for the Saturday doubleheader, making a long day of hoops more comfortable.
“Sesame Street” pajama bottoms were well-represented, with fans wearing clothing depicting Cookie Monster and the non sequitur Oscar the Grouch with a Santa Claus hat. One robe-clad student took the motif even further, toting a Winnie the Pooh doll he sometimes put on his back.
Cougars countdown: Significant snowfalls often accelerate seamheads’ anticipation of the coming baseball season.
With that in mind, here’s noting the Kane County Cougars begin the 2014 season on April 3 at Quad Cities, with the home opener set for April 8 against Fort Wayne.
“We’ve got a lot of good things planned,” Cougars general manager Curtis Haug said recently. “Pretty excited. Second year with the Cubs. I think it’s going to be good.”
• Kevin Druley is a sportswriter for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @kevindruley.com.