‘Maroons Mania’ sweeps across Madisonville and Hopkins Co.


School was out in Madisonville today, not because of the flu, but because of Maroons Mania.

Madisonville North Hopkins high students and fans are in Lexington for tonight’s elite eight game against warren central.

It’s another trip for the Madisonville North Hopkins’s marching band to Lexington. It is the second trip in two days for the Maroons, who are on a journey they and their fans are enjoying.

“Everyone was jumping up and down and screaming and yelling,” recalled Lexi Gamblin, a band member, who was at Thursday’s game against Lincoln County. “There was no sitting at all. It was a great experience just being there.”

“Even though I didn’t go last night, all night I was like, ‘What’s the score? ‘What’s the score? How much time is left,’” adds Tayle Can Cleve, a senior at MNHHS.

The Maroons beat Lincoln county yesterday in the first round of the Sweet 16, and face Warren Central tonight. Signs of community support can be seen and heard across the city.

“I think it’s great,” says Carl Barnett, who used to be an assistant coach at MNHHS. “I didn’t know what they were going to do at the beginning of the year, but they have really, really surpassed everything that I thought. I’m proud of them.”

It’s been a while since the Maroons have made it this far in the state tournament. Their last appearance in the Sweet 16 was in 2001. Yesterday’s win was the first one in that part of the tournament they’ve had in several decades. While other teams still stand in their way, many maroon fans say they’ll be proud of this team no matter when this journey ends.

“Whether they get past the past tonight, or whether they make it past tomorrow or Sunday, either way, I’ll be proud of them for getting this far,” says Bailey Gipson, a senior at MNHHS.

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(This story was originally published on March 8, 2019)

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