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Welcome the Packers Home Saturday Night!

22 Mar

This just in from the Austin High School Activities Director, Lisa Quednow-Bickler:

We will be having a welcome home celebration for our boys basketball team on Sat. night in Knowlton Auditorium.

The doors (#1, #5) will be open to the public at 10:30 pm

The celebration will begin when the team arrives home.

A chance to recognize and celebrate a great season for our Austin Packer Boys Basketball team and community of Austin.

Please join us for the game at 6 p.m. Saturday, whether you ride the bus or take a carpool. If you can’t make it in person, the game will be broadcast in the Austin area on KAAL-TV Digital 6.2 or you can listen to the call from Dan Bettlach and Jim “Voice of the Packers” Lemar on KAUS AM 1480. For Packer expatriates, you can  watch it live on Prep45.com or listen to the KAUS stream.

Then come out at 10:30 for a great community celebration of a season to remember!

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Share Your Packer State Tournament Photos!

22 Mar

Fans celebrating

Our Austin Packer Fast Break Club page on Facebook has some great photos from the Packers’ quarterfinal win over The Blake School thanks to Rhonda Besel.

Did you take photos at the State Tournament? Upload them to the Packer Fast Break Club page and share your Packer Pride with the world or Tweet them using the #PackNation tag!

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Top 10 Reasons to Ride the Packer Express to Williams Arena

19 Mar

Bus

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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Get a “Gym Rats” T-shirt

19 Mar

One of the fun traditions of the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament is the creation of “Gym Rats” T-shirts featuring cartoons of….well…rats wearing the uniforms of each of the schools. The Austin Packers are squarely in the middle of this year’s edition (click the image above to enlarge), and the Austin High School Activities office has a limited number available for sale on Tuesday morning.

The cost for the shirts is $20, and they will go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

So get there early and sign up for the fan bus, and bring an extra $20 if you want a T-shirt.

Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook.

 

Section Celebration

18 Mar

In previous posts about the Packers’ section championship victory over New Prague, we featured the game-winning dunk and its immediate aftermath, as well as a more complete set of game highlights.

Here is video from the ensuing crowd celebration, as well as the Austin players receiving their medals and the team trophy:

Fan bus details for Wednesday’s games will be announced tomorrow. Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook to stay up to date on all of the Packer news.

Turn the Civic Center Red!

15 Mar

For last Saturday’s semifinal game against Winona, the crowd was gathering more than an hour in advance of the 7 p.m. tip. This video is from the lobby outside of Packer Gym at about 6:10, as the line of fans extended out the doors of the building and down the block. The second part of it is from five minutes before the tip, as the gym is packed except for a few seats in the balcony section. The final part is from the introduction of the starting lineup.

The Packers were undefeated at home this year, so we’re counting on Packer fans to create a homey environment tomorrow at Mayo Civic Center. Sign up by noon today if you want to ride on the fan bus.

Update: Due to popular demand, we’ve added another student bus, so we’re extending the sign-up time. There’s still some room on the adult bus, too. Download and print the forms and get them to the AHS Activities Office by Friday afternoon.

Student Bus Permission Form

Adult Bus Reservation Form

 

Follow the Packers on Twitter, and find the Fast Break Club on Facebook.

Let’s turn the Mayo Civic Center red!

Packer Seniors Profiled in Austin Daily Herald

14 Mar

Today’s Austin Daily Herald has a great profile on the Packer seniors – Ryan Larson, Goliath Oboyo, Nate Schwab, Zach Vierkandt – and the road they’ve taken to playing in the Section 1AAA championship game on Friday.

Here’s a sampler:

While they’ve clicked throughout the season for the No. 5 ranked Packers (22-5 overall), who are playing for Austin’s first state tournament berth in 30 years against New Prague this Friday, some of them weren’t even on the basketball radar in Austin a few years ago.

The biggest thing to know is that Goliath Oboyo, Nate Schwab, Zach Vierkandt and Ryan Larson combined for about five minutes of varsity playing time before this season and now they’re all playing key roles on Austin’s best team in 30 years.

Read the whole story.

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Be sure to get to Rochester Friday night for the championship game against New Prague. If you need a ride, we have bus transportation available.

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