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In most communities, there is seldom any single thing that draws people together more than a sports program.
Last week, the Bullitt East Chargers advanced to the PNC/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament in Lexington. Only 16 teams advanced and Bullitt East was among the final four survivors.
The accomplishments on the floor are tremendous. But what such success breeds off the court is so much more.
For three days in a row, the Red Zone Rowdies from Bullitt East -- adorned in body paint, T-shirts and carrying large-sized photos of their favorite coach and players -- were joined by not only Charger parents and supporters but also people from throughout the county.
On this single week of hoops, people in Bullitt County wanted Bullitt East to win. A victory by the Chargers would bring pride to the school, the Mount Washington community and the entire county. It would give the Bullitt County schools a little respect in the Sixth Region.
While Bullitt East feel a few points shy of playing in the title game, the entire tournament run was a success for the team and for the community.