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Crawford County community rallying around boys basketball team headed to state

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MARENGO, Ind. (WDRB) -- A small Indiana town is rallying behind its boys basketball team as they head to the state championship game.

Crawford County High School will be competing in Indianapolis this weekend, the first time any athletic team at the high school has ever made it to the state finals. 

Players say teamwork is their secret to success.

"We've grown together as a family. We all love each other,” said senior Tyrell Nickelson. “If someone is having a bad day, we're there to pick each other up, and that's kind of how we play."

The school organized a pep rally Wednesday night to acknowledge the team’s accomplishments.

As many draw the parallel to the movie Hoosiers, the team was able to meet a member of the original team that inspired the film.

“He got to talk to the boys and talk about the experience that they felt as a small school making it from the country and going and competing and winning,” Principal Brandon Jordon said.

This school of 450 students is hoping the finals bring success to a team that has already made a community proud.

“Everybody is just so excited, because it’s history in the making," said Anita Tower, a fan of the team. "We’ve never made it there, and it’s just a small school."

Crawford County High School plays Frankton on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis.

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