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Our View: Community spirit shines through local sports contests

Published: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The great turnout at this year’s girls and boys basketball games between DeKalb and Sycamore high schools made for a fun event once again.

The games, which also serve as closing ceremonies for the Castle Challenge fundraiser, are a fun way for the friendly rivals to show community spirit while raising money for their schools’ athletic programs.

More than 4,000 people attended the games Friday at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center, school officials said, and the challenge raised an expected $65,000 for the athletic programs at the cities’ high schools and middle schools.

The Castle Challenge will continue next school year, as will the football and basketball games that are such popular community events. We are confident the community’s sports fans will support their teams and give the games a big-time feel.

New in the fall will be the Illinois High School Association state football championships, which will bring eight state championships to Huskie Stadium over a two-day period Nov. 29 and 30, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The same community spirit that has made the Castle Challenge such a success also will be counted upon to make the football championships a boon.

Volunteers will be needed to maximize the event’s potential, and sponsors are essential to donate needed supplies.

As with the Castle Challenge, the work won’t be without local benefit: The football championships will bring many visitors to town and should inject money into the local economy. The games also are exciting and a good way to see college and professional players of tomorrow.

We have no doubt there will be a good crowd in attendance in the fall when the Barbs and the Spartans face off at Huskie Stadium. We also hope that spirit carries over when the football state championships come to town a few weeks later.

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