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For the first time in Southridge High School history, the Raiders boarded the bus to Indianapolis on Friday afternoon to compete in the Class 2A baseball state finals. Freshman Colson Montgomery signed a baseball for Ellie Bardwell of Huntingburg, 11, daughter of Southridge athletic director Brett Bardwell, at the team's send-off outside of League Stadium in Huntingburg.
Ellie got her nails painted like baseballs at a salon on Thursday before the Southridge send-off at League Stadium in Huntingburg on Friday. Bardwell collected Raider signatures on her baseball.
Southridge athletic director Brett Bardwell greeted senior Colin Smith before the Raiders boarded a bus. Bardwell, who is also a teacher at Southridge, reminisced with Smith about a time early in the school year when he wasn’t paying attention in Bardwell’s psychology class. "I really ripped into him," Bardwell said. "After that, (the players) became some of my favorites."
Southridge fans gathered for the send-off on Friday before the Raider baseball team traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the Class 2A state finals at League Stadium in Huntingburg. Ara Knepp of Fishers, right, was a member of the 1998 Southridge Lady Raiders basketball team that won state, and her son Beckham, 6, held a sign reading "Go Raiders."
The Southridge Raider bus followed a fire engine out of League Stadium in Huntingburg on Friday while Beth Hentrup of Huntingburg, left, waved goodbye. The Raiders' send-off included fire engines that traveled with the team through Huntingburg and Jasper.
Southridge bus driver Don Astrike's sign sat outside the Patoka Township Trustee's office in Huntingburg on Friday. The Southridge Raiders traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the Class 2A state finals for the first time in school history.