Elmhurst High School's Last Tournament Run?

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 13, 2010 at 7:22 PM EDT

BLACKFORD COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It's an annual rite of passage for High School Hoosiers.

However, Saturday's Regional Final could be the last time that Elmhurst High School takes the court because of budget cuts.

"It's amazing the way these teams bring our entire school together. Especially in a time like this where we might be closing, all it does is bring us even closer," said Elmhurst Senior Ashleigh Michael.

As the Fort Wayne Community Schools District considers closing Elmhurst High School, die-hard students are preparing for what could be the Trojans final basketball game ever.

"Everyone is going out, going hard, trying to finish out the season strong and win it for our school... Make them think that they shouldn't close our school. We're just going out to win state, that's our main goal," said Elmhurst Senior Zach Hibbert.

Meanwhile, star player Antonio Wilson agrees and says the thought of closing Elmhurst is terrible.

He has another year of high school left, and wants to spend it on the court with his teammates.

"I've only been here for a year and a half because I transferred from Southside. I wanted to stay here for my senior year and defend this (title)," said Elmhurst Junior Antonio Wilson.

Elmhurst is currently on a three game roll in the playoffs, and could earn a trip to Semi-States with a Saturday night win against Wawasee.

But regardless of basketball, and the school's future, students say Elmhurst is truly about family.

"My entire family went to Elmhurst, I am going to graduate from Elmhurst and it makes me sad to know that my little brothers and potentially my kids won't go to Elmhurst. It's disappointing but at the same time, Elmhurst is going to end it in the best way possible," said Michael.

Elmhurst will take the court Saturday at 8 p.m. at Blackford High School.

Indiana's NewsCenter's Tommy Schoegler will have highlights of that game on 21 Alive at 11 p.m.

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