Historic Trip: LaBrae Vikings Head to State Final Four

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LEAVITTSBURG, Ohio-- "March Madness" is in full swing in Trumbull County: The LaBrae Vikings boys basketball team are heading to the state final four on Thursday for the very first time.

The entire Leavittsburg community is supporting them.

Before the LaBrae Vikings boarded their bus in Leavittsburg to do battle at the
state's final four, they were given a huge pep rally at their high school.

"It's a great feeling. We just came together well as a team throughout the season. That's how we been able to get to this run," said Peyton Aldridge, a Junior on the Vikings.

With their historic win in the state regionals last Saturday the Vikings are now heading to the Ohio Final Four for the very first time in school history.

"Unbelievable, you just dream about getting down to Columbus and getting a chance to do that and the support we've gotten from the community while we were down there in Canton for regionals was amazing. It's the loudest I've ever heard a gym," said Chad Kiser, head coach of the Vikings.

Everywhere you look around Leavittsburg, you'll see signs and ribbons around trees supporting the Vikings and rallying them to victory with the slogan "We Believe."

"This is just a wonderful thing for our community. I mean it's history in the making. How exciting for all these young people and people my age to see the young people succeed like this; we are just really excited," said Dolly Lutz of Warren Township.

Thursday's Vikings game means so much to this community that LaBrae Local Schools will be closed Thursday so that the entire student body can go support the team.

"That's a great feeling especially for not having school so everybody can make it to the game, so that's good," said Carl Brown, a Senior on the Vikings.

The Vikings even received a police escort while supporters lined the streets as the team left town toward Columbus.

LaBrae will take on Versailles High School Thursday at 2 p.m.

Versailles is in Darke County, in central Ohio.