Week 2 of our Home Team Friday Pep Rally at Hopkins County Central left ears ringing around Mortons Gap and Madisonville.
The student section set a new noise record on Ron Rhodes’ decibel meter. Ron and Daybreak Anchor Jake Boswell brought Donut Bank donuts for the students.
That is how the morning started, with donuts. Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors faced off in one great competition. The Sophomores and Juniors ultimately tied before High Voltage took the floor and put on the show as the school’s dance team.
After all that sugar and excitement, the crew took a break to interview a few people in the crowd. Senior Nova Gilkey recently got back from the Governor’s Scholar Program in Louisville, and shared his experience. Senior football player Dreyton Grimes talked about the Storm’s season and the game Friday night. Coach Stephen Wood was joined by his boys on the gym floor as he pumped up his team for the game as well.
After our interviews, the crowd got pumped once again for the football toss competition between two senior fall athletes. The cheerleaders took the floor after the game to keep the crowd on their feet.
To finish the morning, Coach Stacy Darnall chose a few Week 2 winners, including the Storm as the team prepares to face Union County.
The students and families of Hopkins County Central also showed their generosity. Hundreds of socks were donated to the Santa Clothes Club for the upcoming winter. The non-profit helps kids and families with warm clothes for the winter. Even setting a rivalry aside, Madisonville-North Hopkins brought a sizable donations of socks to help the cause.
The school brought in enough socks, that Mr. Akin, the athletic director, took a pie in the face for the crowd.
Dillon Richey was also recognized during the pep rally for recently winning the Indiana Motorcross State Championship. Cooper Jones, a Hopkins County student, was also asked about his recent 3D Archery Championship.
Several restaurants in the area donated food to make the morning that much better including Dixie Pan, Sissy’s Café, Marketplace, Prairie Farms, Golden Glaze and Henderson Donut Bank.
(This story was originally published on August 30, 2019)