OTTUMWA — Friday night was a night to show appreciation for the incredible fan support that has helped revitalize the Indian Hills basketball program.
No one wanted to show their appreciation more than new Warriors head coach John Wardenburg. Just a month after being named head coach, Friday’s event at the Tom Arnold Net Center served as something of a public introduction to fans as the new leader of the IHCC hoops program.
“I feel a little bit like the father of the bride at a wedding reception,” Wardenburg joked. “I’ve been shaking so many hands and had so many people coming up to congratulate me.”
While it was admittedly a bittersweet night for the “Warrior Nation,” it was a night for everyone to enjoy. Players, coaches and fans that all were part of the thrilling ride of the 2013-14 Indian Hills basketball season took part on Friday to relive the memories one last time made by a team that got within one win of a national championship.
“Fan Appreciation Night” that once again allowed the fans to show their appreciation to the young men that nearly brought home the program’s fourth national title. The 2013-14 IHCC basketball players all arrived in a group to the Net Center for the event and were greeted with a standing ovation.
“This is one of the greatest group of fans I’ve ever played for,” sophomore Lester Medford said. “They’re always supportive. They’re always there to pick us up. When we hear them scream and cheer for us, it brings a smile to our faces.”
“It’s amazing to see how much our fans are still here to support us even over a month after the season is over,” sophomore Marcus Posley added. “It was very important for all of us, as players, to be here to show our appreciation for all the love and support they gave us throughout the year.”