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Top 10 Reasons to Ride the Packer Express to Williams Arena

19 Mar


The Packers open State Tournament play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Blake at Williams Arena. Here are 10 reasons why riding the Packer Express is the best way to join them:

  1. No-Hassle Parking. It’s much easier to find a parking spot in downtown Austin, before boarding the bus, than it is on the U of M campus.
  2. Save Big Money. At the standard IRS mileage rate (plus parking), if you were car-pooling you would need to have five adults (or 20 students) riding with you just to break even. So riding the bus means you will have…
  3. More Money for Souvenirs. Use what you save on gas and mileage to help Paint The Barn Red. Get your Packer Paraphernalia (shirts and towels) at Games People Play.
  4. Get there Relaxed and Ready to Roar. No need to fight traffic or worry about arriving late. Leave that to the professionals. You’ll be dropped off right at the arena entrance.
  5. Community Spirit. Celebrate the Packers’ success this year with your friends in a festive atmosphere.
  6. Time for Creativity. Brainstorm and practice new cheers and chants together on the way.
  7. Psychological Impact. There’s nothing like a wave of Red sweeping into the seats of an arena, as Packer fans stream in together. Be part of that wave!
  8. Be Like the Packers. After the Pep Fest tomorrow morning the Packers will board a bus to Minneapolis. Go and do likewise.
  9. It’s Better than a Snow Day. Getting out of school is great, but a state tournament game is an experience you will never forget.
  10. You can sing along with “The Wheels on the bus go round and round…” all through Minneapolis!

Get your bus reservation forms here, and be sure to turn them in with payment at the AHS Activities Office by noon today!

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Pancakes with the Packers Tomorrow!

14 Dec

The Austin Packer Fast Break Club is hosting a Pancakes with the Packers fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Austin Eagles Club, from 8-10:30 a.m.

Tickets are just $6 each, with proceeds supporting the Austin boys basketball program. Kids 12 and under get free admission when accompanied by a paid adult.

AM 1480 KAUS Sports Director Dan Bettlach will be broadcasting live from 9-10.

Bring your future Packers out to meet and have their pictures taken with all of their favorite Packers: the kind who wear Red and White (not Green and Gold)!

See you tomorrow at Pancakes with the Packers!

Highlight DVD for Top of the Key Members

2 Dec

The Austin Packer Fast Break Club has a special gift for members of the 3-Point Club who are Top of the Key supporters:

DVD Cover

2011-12 and Beyond! contains highlights of the Packers’ Big Nine championship season and their historic return to the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament. It also gives you a preview of this year’s team, with action from summer team camps and the Breakdown Fall League, activities sponsored by the Fast Break Club.

Top of the Key supporters have contributed at least $100 in the current year to help the Packer Fast Break Club provide for needs of the boys basketball program.

To join, and to receive your DVD, send your check to:

Fast Break Club

2001 W. Oakland Ave.

Austin, MN 55912.

DVDs will be available for pick-up before the Packers’ home opener Dec. 14, or at the Pancakes with the Packers fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 15. Any DVDs not picked up at those events will be mailed to Top of the Key members.


Celebrate with the Packers Monday!

23 Mar

To thank Packer fans for their tremendous support this season, the Austin High School boys’ basketball team and the Packer Fast Break Club are opening their year-end celebration and awards ceremony to the entire community. There is no charge for admission.

KAAL Sports Director Caleb Ostrander will emcee the program, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in Knowlton Auditorium at AHS. Coaches from the younger teams will introduce and recognize their players, and then Packer Head Coach Kris Fadness will reflect on the season and present Varsity awards. Seniors will be recognized and they in turn will present their humorous Captains Awards “roasting” the younger team members.

A reception will follow the program, and Packer players will be serving cookies and punch to the community members attending.

The year-end event is customarily just for team members and parents, but Austin basketball fans were a huge factor in the Packers’ great season, including a perfect 11-0 regular season home record and the Packers’ first Big Nine title since 1999, even donning “Sixth Man” T-shirts later in the year. And of course, in the last regular season game, they couldn’t resist storming the floor:


The crowds were huge for the first two section games, which led to two more home wins, and then Packer fans turned the Mayo Civic Center into a sea of red for the section finals (click to enlarge)…

… and while security personnel prevented Packer fans from storming the floor, they were even more delirious in the stands after the game-winning play:


With the Packers in the state tournament for the first time in three decades, Williams Arena was awash in red as well:

The Austin crowd was likely the largest of any of the AAA schools. In fact, John Millea of the Minnesota State High School League said, “The enthusiasm meter was nearly broken by the fans from Austin, who took over Williams Arena to watch their team play at state for the first time in 30 years.” Here’s a sampling of the enthusiasm:


Please join us Monday night to celebrate the return of Austin Packer Basketball to state prominence! Use this Facebook event to let us know you’re coming (and to invite your friends) to help us in planning, but if you’re not on Facebook, please just come anyway!

Fan Buses for Tournament Games

19 Mar

Austin High School Boys Basketball State Tournament Quarter Finals
Wed. March 21st – Game time 12:00 pm
Williams Arena, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

There will be student and adult fan buses available for those who would like to attend. The buses load from AHS (SE side of building by Packer Gyms) at 9:30am and leave at 9:45am.

Must have signed form and money turned in by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 20.

  • Cost to ride fan bus is $15.00 for Austin High School students, this includes the cost of the ticket on Wed.
  • The adult bus will be a coach bus that will cost $35.00 for Wed, which includes the ticket as well.

Forms available from Austin High School Activities Office (Monday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm), or you can download them below, print and complete and get them to the Activities Office before the 3 p.m. Tuesday deadline.


Weds–FAN BUS adult Reservation


Thurs–FAN BUS Adult Reservation

If the team wins there will be fan buses as well as an adult bus going up on Thursday, March 22nd. The game time will be the same, as will the load and leave time.

You will need to sign up for the Thursday bus by 3:00 on March 20th as well.

If you have any further questions, please contact the AHS Activities Office at 507-460-1825.

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